2005 Château Guiraud

  • 92 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 78 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51439-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Deep yellow-gold. Knockout nose offers stone fruits, ripe pineapple, marzipan and nutmeg. Very rich, ripe and chewy, with a glyceral texture and sweetness rare for this sauvignon-rich Sauternes. A core of nectar-like peach flavor is framed and lifted by a pungent minerality that accentuates the purity of the fruit. Wonderfully concentrated wine with a very long, sweet, palate-staining finish. This property was recently purchased by a group that includes Xavier Planty, Stephan von Neipperg and Olivier Bernard.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. 8,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15

    Lively and fresh - quite zesty. Very clean and brisk, not especially sweet but a well-balanced drink. Not very concentrated.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Chateau Guiraud has a rich nose of dried honey, orange blossom and buttercup that is nicely defined but does not quite have the intensity of the best Sauternes 05s. The palate is fresh and lithe on the entry, smooth and honeyed both in taste and texture with a long orange zest, vanilla and almond finish that is sensual and persistent. It meliorates in the glass, forages more zest and vitality, so donƒA?A?t be afraid to aerate/decant this for an hour or two.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2029
    Author: nadeausp
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Shooter McPinot
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Hal1
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Leftymtb
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2009-2035
    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Lawrence
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: Rockitman
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2012-2035
    Author: rjblanton
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Absolutely phenomenal wine. Rich, elegant, balanced fruit with a long smooth finish. The type of wine that you gulp down despite your efforts to carefully savor and enjoy as long as possible. (2 bottles tasted, both superb.)
    Drink Dates: 2009-2035
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Classic Sauternes. Drink to appreciate.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: Paul R Eno
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Golden color, nose of bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, and honey. Taste of honey, maple syrup, appricot with mild acidity. Reminiscent of honey lemon cough drops. Definitely sweet and syrupy. Still an infant.
    Author: pghgator
  • Self | Rating: 95

    OMG ! Served after super-tuscan and Italian dinner for dessert. served with Gorgonzola, Goat Cheese, and a Gouda. If you've not had sauterne with a salty cheese like Gorg., bleu cheese, or goat cheese - you should. The wine itself is phenomenal. Depth and mouth feel are great, and the botrytis balances the sugar. First taste without cheese is that it's TOO SWEET. I only bought 2 - wish I had 11 more. Plenty of time if you want to hold them.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Jim Rife
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Perhaps because this was consumed from a 375ML bottle, this was beginning to taste tired and lacked the structure and drive of the three other bottles I've consumed. To me, a great Sauternes should be unctiously sweet but light on the palate and well structured. This example showed the first two characteristics, but seemed to lack structure. Just a bad bottle, perhaps? Will try another 375ML and see ...
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Super smooth and loaded with honeysuckle, tropical fruits, and asian spices. Loved it!
    Author: Maxcontinuous
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wow! Just an extraordinary bottle of wine. Honey, hay, honeysuckle on the nose and palate. Waves of flavor. Finish just goes on and on.
    Author: TMac
Located 45 km south of Bordeaux in the village of Sauternes, Guiraud was founded in 1766 and recognized as a first growth Sauternes in 1855. The vines are grown on a combination of sandy gravel and clayey sand, and the vineyards are composed of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc with an average vine age of 35 to 40 years old. Half of the fermentation process is done in new oak barrels and half is done in previously used barrels. Aging is done sur lie (on fine lees) for between 18 and 24 months. Annual winery production is approximately 100,000 bottles.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1538 bottles owned
  • 319 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 319 collectors)