1996 Guiraud, Sauternes
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
For sure, the 1996 has a more composed bouquet than the 1995 with marmalade, Clementine and touches of brown sugar and chlorine emerging from the almost Barsac-like aromatic profile. The palate has a waxy texture, touches of spice and marmalade that segue into a tense, bitter lemon and bitter orange finish. Comparing the 1996 with recent vintages, it just fall short in terms of the complexity and nuance, but it remains a pleasurable Sauternes, albeit one outshone by the succeeding vintage. Drink now-2020. Tasted April 2013.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bronze color. Sappy aromas of pear and honeysuckle. Good concentration but seems a bit hard in the mouth, despite a suggestion of almost cooked ripeness. Shows a distinct dryness in the middle.
From one of the earliest harvests since 1883, on August 28, the 1996 has been "One of our favorites," according to the producer: "Deep yellow tinge with glittering bronze reflects. A spicy nose, of crystallized apricot, honeysuckle, peach, fresh pineapple followed by crystallized lemon but also balck tea and roasted berries, vanilla notes. A very rich texture, always backed up by a really good acidity. The wine is never to heavy but on the opposite, offers the freshness of great botrytis."