2005 Guiraud 375ml

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

IWC 91-94   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91-94

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: Issue Online Only

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: Leftymtb
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 11/03/2013

Rating: 95
Author: Lawrence
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/20/2014
Drink Dates: 2010-2025

Rating: 95
Author: Jim Rife
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/06/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
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.

Rating: 95
Author: rjblanton
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/26/2014
Drink Dates: 2012-2035
In the glass, the wine was a rich, medium gold color. Honey and cinnamon characterized the nose. My first impression on the palate was apples and cinnamon balanced with just the right level of acidity. The finish was long, luscious, and silky smooth. This was an enjoyable finish to a lovely Christmas family dinner! It should age well for 15-20 years.

Rating: 87
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/25/2014
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
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 ...

Average rating: 90, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

2257 bottles owned by 515 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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