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2009 Guiraud, Sauternes

SKU #1122927 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Guiraud is one of the gems of Sauternes this vintage, one of the finest offerings in recent years. It has a wonderful, beautifully delineated bouquet with expressive scents of wild honey, orange pith, Seville orange marmalade and just a hint of pineapple. The palate is beautifully defined with pure botrytised fruit, supremely well balanced with a vivacious, ginger and white pepper tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Drink through 2055. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Gorgeous aromas of dried apricots, apple pie crust and pineapple. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness. Dense and layered. Beautiful now but will improve with age. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (5/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and honey. There's stunning richness and mouthfeel, with the power to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. Very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2040. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. *Highly Recommended, #5 of Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Guiraud comes sashaying out of the glass with a wonderfully floral nose of jasmine and peach blossoms with an undercurrent of potpourri, dried mango, honey nut, baked pineapple and preserved ginger. The mouth is completely coated with concentrated baking spice and savory layers countering all the rich sweetness, finishing long and layered. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a smoky, rich wine that shows evident wood aging. This feature adds weight, though the sweetness is currently muted. It is a wine with potential intensity; the fruit and acidity will emerge in several years. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

92-93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2009 Guiraud is a terrific wine in the making, as it has perfectly captured the potential to make an elegant, refined and long-lived wine in this vintage. The bouquet is deep, complex and quite esthery in its mélange of bee pollen, pears, apples, delicate notes of pineapple, complex soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and shows great mid-palate depth, with bright acids, lovely, nascent complexity and outstanding length and grip on the elegant and focused finish. A superb Guiraud. (Drink between 2016-2040) Inner quote mark (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Intense, rich and seductive. Lovely concentration, with spice on the finish. Barley-sugar flavour dominates the middle, dense and generous and still harmonious. Just enough freshness for this concentration. Broad and long. Drink through 2045. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2013)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2019 | Send Email
Here is a substantial wine that impresses more with richness than sweetness. This fat and waxy wine is crammed with honey, orange oil, papaya, saffron, ginger and tarragon in a creamy and mouth filling style. Opulent and exotic.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
We were in Bordeaux this past April, enjoying yet another lovely dinner with a vast amount of wines, winding down from a long day. I almost overlooked the 2009 Guiraud sitting on the table until Trey caught my attention and mentioned that I should try it. On the first sip it was a stop-me-in-my-tracks quality wine that shook me out of my reverie. It carries the perfect balance of botrytis, tropical fruit, honey, orange blossom, and most importantly, plentiful mouthwatering acidity and abundant freshness. Brilliant.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
The 2009 is showing more richness, more power, and an incredible array of exotic flavors and spices: cinnamon, apples, and very creamy textured. For sure we will be talking about this wine 50 years from now.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2013 | Send Email
*1/2 Soft and easy. Candied ginger. Very lush and ripe, with nice acidity.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2013 | Send Email
Always big and full of fat, honeyed fruit.

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