1988 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #970012 91 points Wine Spectator

 Medium-gold color, with aromas of lemon tart, curd, piecrust and honey. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with bright acidity and a long, exciting finish. Balanced and refined. (JS, Web-2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More tight and backward than I remembered it, the 1988 exhibits a stylish, spicy nose of ripe fruit, some botrytis, medium to full-bodied flavors with well-integrated oak, an attractive, smoky, honeyed fruit character, and a lively finish. It is more shy and reticent than usual. Look for the 1988 to last for 20-30 years. It represents a more understated style of wine than the more ostentatious 1990. (RP)  (4/1995)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Palish, green-tinged color. Floral, grassy, apple-scented nose, with a high-toned suggestion of varnish. Good silky texture in the mouth; flavors of overripe apple and fresh herbs. In the distinctly dryer style of this producer. The acidity seems a bit disjointed. Finishes quite fresh, with a stony quality and an impression of tannins.  (7/1998)

K&L Notes

"Lovely balance between acidity and sweetness. Delicate, round, silky and fairly powerful. The aromatics are reminscent of jasmine tea leaves, sweet dried apricots and honeysuckle. Hint of jasmine tea leaves in the finish." - Jeannie Cho Lee (04/2012) Tasted in: Bordeaux, France.

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