2015 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253326 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)  (6/2016)

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)  (4/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Intense, with candied lemon peel, glazed yellow apple and honey notes streaming through, picking up mirabelle plum and papaya accents through the finish, which is carried by a buried racy streak. This has a good bright feel overall. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)  (3/2018)

93 points Decanter

 The relatively high level of Sauvignon Blanc is doing its bit to give precision and poise to the flavours here. Caramel runs through the mid-palate, lending richness and intensity, but it remains a restrained wine at all times. (JA)  (3/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 One of the few Sauternes I was able to taste, the 2015 Château Guiraud is well worth spending money on. Boasting tons of tangerine, caramelized citrus, honeyed peach and white flowers, this full-bodied beauty has good acidity, ample concentration, and a clean, balanced style on the palate that’s going to allow it to age gracefully.  (11/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Guiraud appears to have acquired quite a bit of body during its aging. Rich and deep in the glass, but with lovely nuance, it offers tons of immediacy. Orange peel, pineapple, mint, honey, chamomile and sweet French oak notes are nicely pushed forward. Best of all, the 2015 is ready to provide pleasure with minimal cellaring. (AG)  (2/2018)

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)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Guiraud has an attractive bouquet with honeysuckle, apricot, jasmine and yellow flowers on the nose that is reserved at the moment and will need some bottle age. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with peach and tinned apricot, a fine bead of acidity with a sense of energy conveyed on the finish. This is a very approachable Guiraud and it should age well in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2050." (02/2018)

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