2010 Guiraud Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 3L
  • WS 95
  • JS 94
  • WE 94
  • WA 93

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WS 95
Wine Spectator, April 2011
This is developing some real power with glazed peach and pear fruit pushed by graham and honey notes. There's lots of viscosity on the finish but with good underlying acidity. -J.M.
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, April 2011
No note given.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, June 2011
A closed up wine although all the elements are there promising great final balance richness and power.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The Guiraud 2010 seems a little more loose-knit on the nose compared to others, with lanolin and dried honey aromas gently unfurling in the glass, before revealing its mineral core – as if this wine is teasing you. The... The Guiraud 2010 seems a little more loose-knit on the nose compared to others, with lanolin and dried honey aromas gently unfurling in the glass, before revealing its mineral core – as if this wine is teasing you. The palate is well-balanced with a fine line of acidity. There is abundant clean and pure botrytized fruit and a crisp, linear finish that is very appealing. The oak appears to have been absorbed in recent months, leaving a very accomplished Guiraud. Drink now-2035. - NEAL MARTIN
JJB 97
JJ Buckley, April 2011
65% semillon 35% sauvignon blanc. 100% new oak. Planted to gravel with clay. Tasted twice with slight variation. One sample was a bit more exuberant and expressive while the second was a bit more closed and tight. Both... 65% semillon 35% sauvignon blanc. 100% new oak. Planted to gravel with clay. Tasted twice with slight variation. One sample was a bit more exuberant and expressive while the second was a bit more closed and tight. Both showed the same great tension and focused acids. The better of the two displayed intense citrus on the nose with a creamy base note that was well rounded and beautifully fresh. On the palate this has great concentration and weight. Very intense citrus crème pops on the palate leading into a long bright finish. With as much mouth feel and textured sweetness there is there are even more acids to keep it bright and fresh carrying through a long finish. Enjoy through 2040.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2010

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.