2001 Guiraud 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes | Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Classe/ White / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

IWC 93(+?)   JR 17.5   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($48-$60) Medium golden yellow color. Knockout nose combines pineapple, yellow plum, marzipan, roasted herbs and resiny oak. Superconcentrated, chewy and stylish, with flavors of honey, pineapple, marzipan, vanilla, toffee and spicy oak framed and intensified by bright acidity. Impressively dense, saline wine with a very firm spine and considerable aging potential.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Darker than most. Very heady with lots of glucose richness. Heavy and satisfying with great weight. Some crème brûlée element. Edgy. Well done but with a dangerous edge. Still quite chewy. One of the fatter 2001s. QGV

Drink Dates: 2014-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Chris Ahearn
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2008-2015

Rating: 96
Author: rjblanton
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/28/2014
Drink Dates: 2010-2025
The wine was a deep gold in the glass with a delicate, honey-laced nose. The honey continued on the palate with super ripe, yellow fleshed fruit and a rich density accompanied by butter toffee and a subtle spice from the oak. Pure decadence in a glass! The wine's acidity was mostly subdued. The finish was long and silky smooth. This wine was an absolute delight and the talk of the table after dinner!

Rating: 95
Author: Victor
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/27/2010

Rating: 95
Author: Wingman
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/14/2011
I adore this. A real killer year for Sauternes, including the best ever 100 pointer from Yquem. Years of life in this, I'm killing the case too quickly. Consumed with poached pear and Stilton - better than strawberries and cream !

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 91
Author: Carlitos
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/20/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2021

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1942 bottles owned by 595 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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