2001 Guiraud Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 750ML

  • WS 96
  • JS 95
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92
  • JR 91

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2004
...Butterscotch and vanilla with hints of ripe apples. Full-bodied with lots of sweetness and a spicy apricot and honey aftertaste. Excellent concentration and balance. Loads of botrytis character on the finish. Intense... ...Butterscotch and vanilla with hints of ripe apples. Full-bodied with lots of sweetness and a spicy apricot and honey aftertaste. Excellent concentration and balance. Loads of botrytis character on the finish. Intense. Hard not to drink now because it's so luscious and rich...
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 2013
Intensely fruity and rich with wonderful sweetness and loads of spicy and honey character with a dried apricot undertone. It hasn’t changed much since I last tasted it, just bottled. Great 2001. Drink or hold.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2004
...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... ...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...
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
The Guiraud 2001 here did not quite deliver as it had done at the vertical tasting a couple of years previously. However, it still boasts an attractive, quite forward orange peel, lanolin and apricot-scented bouquet that... The Guiraud 2001 here did not quite deliver as it had done at the vertical tasting a couple of years previously. However, it still boasts an attractive, quite forward orange peel, lanolin and apricot-scented bouquet that is certainly well defined. Like before, just give it a few swirls and that peachy nose unfurls. The palate is well balanced but I find it here just a little pinched on the entry. The finish is linear but full of citrus fruit and bitter orange to savor. I was just expecting more persistence but otherwise this is very fine. - Neal Martin
JR 91
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2011
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. 17.5/20 QGV
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2001

Label

Guiraud’s enchanting bouquet of white flowers, acacia, hawthorn blossom, lily, and tuberose are complemented by overtones of forest floor, spice, freshly-ground white pepper, tea, and saffron. Guiraud is deliciously bodied, rich, and velvety on the palate. The fruity flavors are combined with an inimitable botrytis note and candied fruit character.

Winery

Guiraud

Chateau Guiraud is in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux. Originally known as the "Noble House of Bayle", it got its present name from Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux merchant who bought the property in 1766. In 1855, it was classified a Premier Grand Cru de Sauternes.

Chateau Guiraud extends over 128 hectares. 85 hectares are planted with Semillon (65%) and Sauvignon Blanc (35%) on a mixture of sandy gravel, clay, marl and limestone soil. The average age of the vines is 35-40 years. Harvest is done by hand in successive waves through the vineyard, picking only Botrytised berries. A minimum potential alcohol must be reached before the grapes are fermented in new oak barrels over three weeks to two months. The wine is then aged in barrels for at least 24 months before bottling.

Chateau Guiraud also produces a second wine, Petit Guiraud, a livelier and fresher version made from young vines, and a dry white wine made of ripe but not non-Botrytis grapes called G de Chateau Guiraud.