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    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
    Other Dessert - Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France

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    • WS97
    • W&S95
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Spectator, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 95 Wine & Spirits, 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Region: Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Other Dessert

    Other Info: Collectible Wines, Green Wines

    Item no. 96769

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #4 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

    Critical Acclaim:

    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.

    97 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Typical of the huge power of Guiraud, this is one of the richest Sauternes in 2005. The wine is rich and intense, the dry edge of botrytis just dominating the sweetness. Flavors of honey, almonds and peaches give the wine extra complexity.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Seething with power, there's baritone richness to this wine's complex fruit, a deeper tone to the surface of honey and citrus. It feels clean, fresh and bright, the structure holding the wine's complexity tight for now, waiting to release it with age.

    95 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2005 Guiraud has a slightly more reduced bouquet compared to the 2004, with dried honey, marmalade and just a hint of petrol emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous entry, crisp acidity, touches of beeswax and almond defining the harmonious waxy textured finish. This needs another two or three years in the cellar, but it should evolve into a delectable Sauternes. Drink 2016 -2030.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    No quibbles here. This is a concentrated, fairly complex offering whose pear syrup, pineapple, roasted nuts, coconutty aromas may be the slightest bit unusual but are every bit inviting. Juicy and rich in flavor with more than a touch of honey noted, the wine has plenty of underlying acidity that helps make its youthfully sugary flavors attractive even now but which also guarantees that this lush wine has a second decade and possibly more in its future.

    93 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    Full golden-yellow. Orange oil, clove, ginger, mint and minerals on the perfumed, vibrant noise. Superrich but juicy and vibrant, with an exotic hint to the fresh apricot and peach flavors. This boasts an exhilarating sugar/acid balance and finishes with terrific life and grip.
    Rating: 92(+?)

    92 Points
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    Jobby (10/3/2014)
    Golden-yellow color, Smell like gasoline in good Riesling with sweet pineapple, apricot, candy. Pretty viscous. Full body, balance in sweet and sour, hint of spicy. Very long finish!!!
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    elidstrom (12/28/2013)
    Excellent dessert wine, tops off a meal with assorted cheeses. Loved it.
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    myboat53 (2/16/2013)
    We've purchased this several times now. A great dessert wine and also goes well with stilton, gorgonzola, and similar cheeses. More than worth the price considering nthis is a 750 ml bottle.
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    Stuart1031 (12/5/2012)
    I need a group of people to get together to open this full sized bottle. I've had the half bottles before with Pate and cheese and it was very nice. Good flavor, good acidity, good balance.
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    Thomas Ryan Nelson (9/28/2010)
    It doesn't get any better than this.
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    Alec Hughes (9/27/2010)
    Probably drank this way too early, as WS indicates holding 'til 2014. but we enjoyed it any way
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