2013 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)
This is still really tight, with racy floral and green plum edges along the core flavors of white peach, mirabelle plum, melon and green fig, but this has stunning length, with a rapier of minerality that matches the sweetness step for step on the long, quinine-infused finish. Gorgeous, and built for the long haul. Best from 2018 through 2038.
Barrel Sample. This rich wine is still developing its spice, ginger and complex fruits. The acidity is pronounced, with a fresh character that balances the full botrytis flavors.
A huge success in this vintage, with lovely aromas of dried jasmine flower and sweet spices. Pure, balanced sweetness, lean body and great precision for 2013.
Intensely perfumed and aromatic, the 2013 Guiraud is strikingly beautiful. Orange blossoms, mint, honey, crème brulee are some of the many notes that that take shape in the glass. The 2013 is exotic, perfumed and tropical, but not at all heavy. What a beautiful wine this is.
This is tight and linear with dried-pineapple, honey and powdered mushroom character. Medium to full body, medium sweet and a light finish. Showing class for the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Guiraud has a generous bouquet of rich honeyed fruit interlaced with quince and hints of marmalade, though I would like to see more mineralite and tension by the time of bottling. The palate is well-balanced with a spice-tinged entry, touches of Seville orange and mandarin emerging with time. There is good depth here, fine density with plenty of sinew toward the saline-tinged finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(65% semillon and 35% sauvignon blanc): Medium yellow-gold. Exotic aromas of honeyed apricot, pineapple and crystallized ginger are complicated by marmalade-y botrytis, a rarity in 2013, in which the noble rot is usually fresher and more lemony. Very sweet and suave on entry, then intensely flavored in the middle, with an almost bitter botrytis character to the rich tropical fruit flavors. This has terrific concentration of fruit but is not hugely acidic and comes across as a little foursquare presently. It's certainly impressively dense and long on the back. This is Guiraud's third vintage to be organic-certified; a total of five passages were undertaken, beginning on September 26 and finishing on October 24.
Rich, exotic fruit character. Apricot, starfruit, peach. Reminds me a bit of those rare botrytised Viogniers – in a good way. Lovely, lovely acidity. Super length and concentration. Admirable! (18/20 Score)