2015 Guiraud, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253325 96-97 points James Suckling

 This is really something. I have never tasted a Guiraud like this. This is full-bodied yet so fresh and incredibly crisp and lively. Spicy and energetic. Fantastic acidity!  (4/2016)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Guiraud, tasted in two occasions, has a sumptuous bouquet with scents of wild honey, apricot and a faint smear of marmalade. The palate is fresh and tensile on the entry, brimming with energy with impressive energy towards the blood orange and quince-tinged finish. This is a stylish, suave Guiraud that should age beautifully in bottle. (NM)  (4/2016)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is packed with dry botrytis flavor, but also a bright freshness. Together they give an obviously sweet wine good structure as well as ripeness. The tension between the fruit and the mineral texture will allow this wine to age for many years. (RV)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

 Very expressive, with nectarine, mirabelle plum, green plum and white peach notes melding well, backed by a pronounced honeysuckle edge. Shows excellent range, with power in reserve. (JM, Web—2016)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Guiraud is classy, nuanced and understated. Scents of orange peel, crème brulee, pineapple, mint and sweet spices give the 2015 much of its aromatic lift and intrigue. Deceptively medium in body, the 2015 has quite a bit of depth, but avoids being heavy. There is so much to like here. (AG)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Brownish tinge to the deep gold. Complex nose - many layers of intrigue. Big and very sweet. But with a certain majesty about it. Really quite a king in terms of structure. Lots of acidity on the finish but only after massive weight. 17+/20 points (JR)  (4/2016)

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Always fantastic the 2015 Guiraud once again is a shinning star. An intoxicating nose leads directly to a palate filled with candied ginger and orange notes nicely nestled against rich caramel flavors.
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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
The balance of the 2015 is what caught my attention when we tasted in Bordeaux this year. I thought the wines were utterly drinkable in their youth, yet classically structured with acidity simultaneously. The Guiraud is the perfect example of this phenomenon. There's bright acidity on the entry, but it's tempered by delicate flavors of tropical fruit and ample sweetness, all in perfect harmony. I'll definitely be going deep on Sauternes as they become available.

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