2011 Guiraud Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 3L
  • WS 99
  • JS 99
  • IWC 95
  • WE 95
  • WA 92

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WS 99
Wine Spectator, April 2012
Ripe and unctuous but with a deliciously racy orange streak running through the core of creamed pear fig and green plum flavors. Supercreamy on the finish and very long with honeysuckle and almond notes echoing on and on... Ripe and unctuous but with a deliciously racy orange streak running through the core of creamed pear fig and green plum flavors. Supercreamy on the finish and very long with honeysuckle and almond notes echoing on and on. A stunner in the making.-J.M.
JS 99
jamessuckling.com, January 2014
This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, with lots of spicy botrytis character. Full body, medium-sweet and a crisp finish. It’s racy and refined. What’s impressive is the intensity of noble rot that... This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, with lots of spicy botrytis character. Full body, medium-sweet and a crisp finish. It’s racy and refined. What’s impressive is the intensity of noble rot that makes the wine feel almost dry. This is the greatest wine ever made here. Made from organic grapes. Try in 2017, but already delicious to drink.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2012
Bright golden yellow. Brooding nose of lemon quince pineapple minerals and saffron complicated by tangy botrytis. Rich and dense in the mouth with racy acidity lifting and extending the mineral and ripe citrus flavors. ... Bright golden yellow. Brooding nose of lemon quince pineapple minerals and saffron complicated by tangy botrytis. Rich and dense in the mouth with racy acidity lifting and extending the mineral and ripe citrus flavors. Finishes rich dense and very long with lingering floral and ripe citrus nuances. This Guiraud is still very much an infant and is likely to develop more slowly than most other 2011s but it's destined to be a great wine for this estate.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
The first impression is of the dry botrytis that has infused the wine. Then comes the acidity and crisp lemon flavor. Gradually, ripe marmalade and fragrant honey come out along with acidity. It’s a fascinating, complex... The first impression is of the dry botrytis that has infused the wine. Then comes the acidity and crisp lemon flavor. Gradually, ripe marmalade and fragrant honey come out along with acidity. It’s a fascinating, complex wine worthy of a wait. Drink from 2019.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2015
Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. After Yquem and Doisy-Védrines, the Château Guiraud 2011 seems a little muted on the nose, but that is not fair because it is well defined and very focused, gradually... Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. After Yquem and Doisy-Védrines, the Château Guiraud 2011 seems a little muted on the nose, but that is not fair because it is well defined and very focused, gradually unfurling to reveal scents of honey, orange blossom and quince. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. This is a more understated Sauternes, harmonious and nonchalant in style, but don’t be fooled because there is great tension, delineation and poise on the finish, the fruit seamlessly bound with the new oak. This appears to have gained elegance and complexity in bottle, ergo my higher score. - Neal Martin
JJB 97
JJ Buckley, April 2012
90% semillon 8% sauvignon 2% muscadelle. Barrel fermented then aged in oak with 30% new. Brilliant yellow color with a gold undertone. This strikes a deft balance of rich and creamy texture with beautiful freshness and... 90% semillon 8% sauvignon 2% muscadelle. Barrel fermented then aged in oak with 30% new. Brilliant yellow color with a gold undertone. This strikes a deft balance of rich and creamy texture with beautiful freshness and vivacity. Loads of ripeness quince pineapple and other tropical fruits followed up with white peach apricot and striking citrus flavors as well as orange rind to provide definition. Extremely precise and complex all encased in notes of fresh sea shell with an underlayer of minerality. Enjoy over the next 10-25 years.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2011

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.