2011 Guiraud, Sauternes

SKU #1180377 99 points James Suckling

 This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, with lots of spicy botrytis character. Full body, medium-sweet and a crisp finish. It’s racy and refined. What’s impressive is the intensity of noble rot that makes the wine feel almost dry. This is the greatest wine ever made here. Made from organic grapes.  (1/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator

 A large-scale version, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows ample depth, echoing with an enticing tarte Tatin note. Best from 2016 through 2035. *Ranked #12 Top 100 Wines of 2014 and Highly Recommended* (JM)  (3/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 The first impression is of the dry botrytis that has infused the wine. Then comes the acidity and crisp lemon flavor. Gradually, ripe marmalade and fragrant honey come out along with acidity. It’s a fascinating, complex wine worthy of a wait. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (5/2015)

93 points Decanter

 Discreet apricot and mandarin nose. Fine attack of freshness and purity. Silky and intense, with fine acidity to lift the fruit. Needs time to develop complexity. Fine potential and good length. Drinking window 2016 - 2045 (SB)  (7/2016)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold. Deep aromas of lime, peach, quince, minerals, menthol and saffron are complicated by tangy botrytis tones. Ripe, creamy flavors of peach, lime and lemon verbena show noteworthy sweetness and power, with harmonious acidity providing lift. This very rich, textured wine coats the palate with tropical fruit and mineral flavors that linger impressively on the back end, enlivened by a brisk citrus element. This stellar Guiraud, which strikes me as being richer and deeper than the 2010, is still very young and will improve further in a good, cold cellar.  (8/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. After Yquem and Doisy-Védrines, the Château Guiraud 2011 seems a little muted on the nose, but that is not fair because it is well defined and very focused, gradually unfurling to reveal scents of honey, orange blossom and quince. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. This is a more understated Sauternes, harmonious and nonchalant in style, but don’t be fooled because there is great tension, delineation and poise on the finish, the fruit seamlessly bound with the new oak. This appears to have gained elegance and complexity in bottle, ergo my higher score. (NM)  (2/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
Did you know that Château Guiraud is fully accredited ORGANIC by the Agence Bio (AB) – That’s always good to know… The excellent quality and richness of the 2011 vintage (for Sauternes/Barsac) is clearly showing here. A plush botrytised nose, with lots of caramel, peaches, orange and honey, followed by a palate that is perfectly balanced by its acidity structure. I would suggest this Sauternes to try with dinner

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
Guiraud is our biggest selling Sauternes-by far. The 2011 is as good as the great 2001 and 2005. perfect balance of flavors with some citric notes as well as coconut flavors. Will age well for many years.
Drink from 2016 to 2036

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2015 | Send Email
The best vintages for Sauternes are often not famous for red wine, and the 2011's are a great example of this. The best harvests from this region have bountiful, clean botrytis, concentrated sweetness and high, lifted acidity, and the 2011 has it all. The Guiraud is a complex young Sauternes, with layers of coconut, honey and fresh apricot flavors. It is also a very pure wine, with incredible lift to balance out its giant richness. Fabulous stuff!
Drink from 2016 to 2061

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