2008 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml) (Previously $35)

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92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm, richly structured and powered through with botrytis. There’s a tight, dried apricot and peach character and the acidity compensates with a great vivid character." (04/09) 91-94 points Wine Spectator: "This shows wonderful spicy botrytis, tarte Tatin and dried pineapple aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lots of spicy and sweet character. Long and flavorful. Very fine and beautiful." (04/09) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Guiraud has a subtle, nuanced nose with touches of acacia, apricot, citrus fruits and a touch of limestone. The palate is crisp and honeyed on the entry, cohesive, nice weight of fruit with a conservative but well-defined finish of citrus lemon, apricot and honeydew melon. Good length. Very fine – great drive and passion here." (04/09) K&L's notes - *+ Mineral nose and flavor. On the rich side with tons of sweetness. Not cloying. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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