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1996 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #170061 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark For sure, the 1996 has a more composed bouquet than the 1995 with marmalade, Clementine and touches of brown sugar and chlorine emerging from the almost Barsac-like aromatic profile. The palate has a waxy texture, touches of spice and marmalade that segue into a tense, bitter lemon and bitter orange finish. Comparing the 1996 with recent vintages, it just fall short in terms of the complexity and nuance, but it remains a pleasurable Sauternes, albeit one outshone by the succeeding vintage. Drink now-2020. Tasted April 2013. Inner quote mark (6/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bronze color. Sappy aromas of pear and honeysuckle. Good concentration but seems a bit hard in the mouth, despite a suggestion of almost cooked ripeness. Shows a distinct dryness in the middle. Inner quote mark (8/1999)

K&L Notes

From one of the earliest harvests since 1883, on August 28, the 1996 has been "One of our favorites," according to the producer: "Deep yellow tinge with glittering bronze reflects. A spicy nose, of crystallized apricot, honeysuckle, peach, fresh pineapple followed by crystallized lemon but also balck tea and roasted berries, vanilla notes. A very rich texture, always backed up by a really good acidity. The wine is never to heavy but on the opposite, offers the freshness of great botrytis."

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