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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Enthusiast, 94 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator
Region: Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Other Dessert
Other Info: Green Wines
Item no. 103767
The wine's enchanting bouquet of white flowers, acacia, hawthorn blossom, lily, and tuberose are complemented by overtones of forest floor, spice, frehly-ground white pepper, tea, and saffron. Noble rot has worked its magi, and the bouquet slowly and tantalizingly reveals its full subtlety. Guiraud is deliciously bodied, rich, and velvety on the palate. The fruity flavors are combined with an inimitable botrytis and candied fruit character.
The exuberant flavors burst forth with such sensuality that one hesitates before swallowing to prolong the taste sensations. Guiraud's sweetness melts in the mouth, the aftertaste is always fresh. The initial taste impressions come through again marvellously on the finish, and the pleasure goes on and on. This is the key to understanding Guiraud. It is all about pleasure.
A gold-colored wine. The palate has intense freshness as well as ripe apricot and orange zest flavors. The acidity cuts through the intense richness, leaving a wine that needs time to fully integrate, and then many more years to mature.
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. Like one or two other 2007s, the aromatics on the Guiraud ’07 are rather subdued at the moment and they demand coaxing to offer honey, lemon curd and orange blossom. The palate is well-balanced with finer tannins than the 2006. Here, the quality of the vintage finally shows through with impressive precision and focus, building toward the fresh, feminine apricot and dried peach finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Guiraud, but it will reward those with patience. Drink 2017-2035.
Full medium gold. Fascinating nose combines pink grapefruit, orange oil, fresh apricot, fresh herbs, cinnamon and mace: all pits and peels and oils. Smooth, concentrated and rich in botrytis, with well-focused citrus and stone fruit flavors complicated by smoke, flint, figs and dates. Finishes very long and spicy, firm-edged with citric flavors but not at all harsh. With three days in the recorked bottle, this turned thicker and more honeyed, and showed higher-toned notes of orange marmalade complicated by vanilla and toast, all without loss of freshness. A very distinctive wine that really needs time to come into focus and should be long-lived.
Shows dried orange and apricot, with a lime and honey undertone. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness, a fruity aftertaste of dried lemon and a medium spicy finish. A balanced and refined Guiraud. Best after 2011.