2010 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1120985 90 points Wine Spectator

 This has an unctuous feel, with apricot, date, meringue and almond cream notes all rolled together and lingering through the rounded finish. Ripe, polished and long, showing nice range. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

The second wine of Château Guiraud and made by Xavier Planty, Château Guiraud's oenologist since 1982. It is a modern style with a high proportion of Sauvignon Blanc (approximately one third), made from a blend of lots fermented in stainless steel (for minerality and freshness), and new French oak barrels, which promote the development of richness, body, and intensity of flavor on the palate. Guiraud has employed organic farming methods since 1996, and obtained organic certification in 2011. Winemaker notes: "Develops a lovely, well-balanced nose of candied pineapple. The palate offers delicate menthol aromas and is slightly honeyed with a pleasant tropical fruit acidity. A fresh, balanced wine, with delicate, lingering flavours."

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2013  | Send Email
Well, this might be the greatest value dessert wine in the store. Just buy a bunch and start introducing more sweet wines at your dinners, with cheese plates or just by itself. A bit more rich and fat than the Guiraud, the second label has a bit less acidity, it seems. But the rich, tropical fruit on the nose and palate, with a honey, pineapple, almost candied finish, is really good. I still can’t believe it is only $14.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2013  | Send Email
No Bordeaux tasting should end on a tannic note, and luckily Clyde and Ralph had the 2010 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml) ($14.99) to finish out the afternoon last Saturday. This very open knit Sauterne is composed of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. I loved the honey and white flower that were present both on the nose and the palate. While this is not concentrated or profound, it tastes great and has the balance for current drinking. Like all good dessert wine, the Petit Guiraud is sweet without being cloying.

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Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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