2005 Guiraud Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 375ML
  • WS 97
  • JS 97
  • WE 95
  • W&S 95
  • WA 92
  • ST 92

Reg: $39.94

$34.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 22 btls
ETA: Jun. 2018

Reg: $39.94

$34.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 22 btls
ETA: Jun. 2018

Shipping info Storage info

WS 97
Wine Spectator, February 2008
Wine Spectator #4 Wine of 2008! Delivers lots of botrytis spice with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied with cream vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous with a beautiful spicy... Wine Spectator #4 Wine of 2008! Delivers lots of botrytis spice with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied with cream vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous with a beautiful spicy finish. Best after 2014.-J.S.
JS 97
jamessuckling.com, July 2013
This appears to be the synthesis of the fabulous 2001 and 2003. It shows wonderful aromas of botrytis spice, honey and citrus rind. Lots of fruit with a tropical fruit undertone of mango and papaya on the palate. Intense... This appears to be the synthesis of the fabulous 2001 and 2003. It shows wonderful aromas of botrytis spice, honey and citrus rind. Lots of fruit with a tropical fruit undertone of mango and papaya on the palate. Intense finish. Too excellent not to drink.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, June 2008
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... 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
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits, October 2008
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... 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.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Guiraud has a rich nose of dried honey, orange blossom and buttercup that is nicely defined but does not quite have the intensity of the best Sauternes... Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Guiraud has a rich nose of dried honey, orange blossom and buttercup that is nicely defined but does not quite have the intensity of the best Sauternes 05s. The palate is fresh and lithe on the entry, smooth and honeyed both in taste and texture with a long orange zest, vanilla and almond finish that is sensual and persistent. It meliorates in the glass, forages more zest and vitality, so don’t be afraid to aerate/decant this for an hour or two. - Neal Martin
ST 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2008
92+ 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... 92+ 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.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2005
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.