96-98-2002 Guiraud Sauternes, 3/100ml vials per set (ships as set)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(Of the 1996) One of the stars of the vintage for Sauternes, the 1996 Guiraud offers a sumptuous nose of tangerine fruit intermixed with caramel and buttered corn. The wine displays a deep golden color, and striking flavors of Chinese black tea, marmalade, honey, and citrus. The powerful yet elegant flavors remain in the mouth for a significant period of time. While this wine is traditionally a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon, Xavier Plantey, the estate's manager, told me that there is nearly 45% Sauvignon Blanc in the final blend of the 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025... Parker also rated the 1998 91-93 points from barrel sample but did not provide a tasting note.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(Of the 2002) Full medium yellow. Pineapple and sexy barrel notes on the nose. Big, rich, dense and powerful, with penetratingflavors of pineapple and ripe yellow peach. Shows a hint of sauvignon pungency without going at all herbaceous. Firmly built and long. An impressively fat and young 2002 that should age well.
Enjoy a taste of Sauternes or share a vertical tasting with this smartly packaged gift set, which includes one 100ml vial of Guiraud Sauternes from each of these three vintages: 1996, 1998 and 2002. Makes a sweet gift!