96 Pt Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2010 - 375.00 ml

96 Pt Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2010 - 375.00 ml

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When this 2010 Sauternes half-bottle came across our desks, we were thrilled to taste such a sweet, concentrated, and refreshing white Bordeaux from Château Guiraud. An intense bouquet of dried pineapple, mango, apricot, honey, orange marmalade, coconut and white flowers transitions seamlessly onto the rich, fruit-driven palate, balanced by enough juicy acidity to give this golden nectar a blissful sense of harmony. If you've never tasted a Sauternes before, behold an ideal introduction to one of the wine world's favorite sweet styles. If you're already acquainted, stock up on this First Growth while you can!
 
96 Points - James Suckling!
"Ripe lemon peel and orange. Some honey and vanilla with loads of new wood. Dense and very sweet on the palate with nice pure fruit and firm tannins from the oak that still needs time to soften."
 
94 Points - WTSO Members!

Wine Ratings

96 - James Suckling!
94 - Wine Spectator!
93 - Wine Advocate!
93 - Wine Enthusiast!
88-91 - Vinous Media!

Description

Unit Size375.00 ML
VarietalWhite Blend
Vintage2010
GrapeSemillon, Sauvignon Blanc
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
Alcohol Content13.50%

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Château Guiraud Sauternes 2010 
Half Bottle (375.00 ml)
 
 
By James Suckling
CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD SAUTERNES
Score: 96
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Vintage: 2010
Date: November 14th, 2013
Ripe lemon peel and orange. Some honey and vanilla with loads of new wood. Dense and very sweet on the palate with nice pure fruit and firm tannins from the oak that still needs time to soften. This Sauternes shows a wonderful fruit and excellent potential, but needs time. Try in 2018.
 
By Wine Spectator
CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD Sauternes 2010
Score: 94
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Issue: Mar 31, 2013
A thick, unctuous style, with marzipan, dried pineapple, mango and dried guava notes leading to a good bolt of toasted almond and pie crust on the finish. A muscular, well-stuffed version that will need some time to settle in. Best from 2015 through 2030. -JM
 
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2010 Guiraud 
A Sauternes Blend Sweet White Dessert wine from France, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Review by Neal Martin
eRobertParker.com # 207 (Jun 2013)
Rating: 93
Drink 2019 - 2035
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2010 is more Zen-like on the nose compared to the 2009 – more minerality coming through, tense and citric. The palate offers surprising viscosity on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. There is plenty of apricot and dried honey. It has a lovely caressing texture, although there is still some new oak to absorb on the vanilla-scented finish. This has great potential. Drink 2019-2035. Tasted April 2013.
 
By Wine Enthusiast
Château Guiraud 2010 White (Sauternes)
Points: 93
Varietal: Bordeaux-style White Blend, White blend
Appellation: Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Winery: Château Guiraud
Category: Dessert
Importer: Château Guiraud
In Magazine: 2/1/2014
by Roger Voss
There is a wonderful balance to this wine. It has ripe tropical fruit flavors that are spiced with ginger and lemon zest. At the same time, there is a fine structure with a botrytis core and freshness from pineapple acidity. Drink from 2017. (2/1/2014) -93
 
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Guiraud 2010 Sauternes
Points: 88-91
Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Sweet White wine from France
Yellow-gold. Initially inexpressive nose opens slowly with air to hint at peach nectar and pear, along with hints of guava, mango and caramel. Bright, dense and juicy, with strongly oak-influenced flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes pure and long, with bright pepper and honey nuances. The harvest began on September 20 and ran through November 2; the third and fourth tries out of six were the main ones. The high presence of sauvignon is typical of Guiraud, as 35% of its vineyard is planted with this variety; the average in Sauternes is closer to 15%. Ian D'Agata, August 2011
 
By Jancis Robinson
Ch Guiraud 2010 Sauternes
Producer: Ch Guiraud
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: Sauternes
Region: Bordeaux
Country: France
Score: 17.5/20
Colour: White
When to drink: 2020 - 2035
Published: 7 Feb 2014
Date tasted: 24 Jan 2014
Reviewer: Jancis Robinson
Smells a bit like Lucozade. Good freshness and attack. Not one of the sweetest. But very appetizing. This is a wine you could drink with a meal. Muscular. Lively.
 
By Jancis Robinson
Ch Guiraud 2010 Sauternes
Producer: Ch Guiraud
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: Sauternes
Region: Bordeaux
Country: France
Score: 16.5/20
Colour: White
When to drink: 2014 - 2020
Published: 16 Dec 2014
Date tasted: 5 Nov 2014
Reviewer: Richard Hemming MW
Toasted vanilla spice, thick texture, rather suppressed fruit. Could do with better definition and clarity. (RH)
 
 
By Château Guiraud 
Sauternes Premier Grand Cru Classé 2010
 
Wine Details 
Owner: Financière Guiraud
Area: 85 ha
Age of vines (avg.): 35 years
Density: 6660 vines/ha
Blending: Sémillon 65%, Sauvignon 35%
Average yield: 12hl/ha
Terroir: Clay, Limestone, Sand, Gravel
Culture: Integrated pest management
Maturity: 30 years
Serving temperature: 12'C
 
Winemaking
Fermentation and ageing in oak barrels improve the wine through a direct contact between wine and the wood, extracting some organoleptic characteristics of the oak by the action of the yeast which will mix with the wine yeast adding refinement to the wine. Depending on the vintage, stirring on lees is effectuated every 3 to 6 months and racking is done every 3 months.
 
Tasting Note
With a great yield, we have produced a powerful wine, very aromatic, that present a perfect alcohol-sugar-acid balance and an impressive purity of botrytis. The difference with 2009 is the cold temperature we had during August & September. These days and nights cold weather permit to preserve the aromatic precursor and the acidity of the berry. That is why Château Guiraud 2010 has a spectacular balance and freshness always reinforced by 35% sauvignon. It presents intense aromas, hawthorn flowers, fresh fruit, with a minty note which characterizes the vintage. The feeling in mouth is magnificent, soft, but robust. The tonic feeling of the botrytis is amplified by a great freshness. Mouth aromas strengthens up the nose: the botrytis now shows them crystallized, of great precision and purity. The aftertaste is long. The sugar power never gives heaviness: It is the magic of natural sugars sublimated by botrytis.
 
Château Guiraud
Château Guiraud takes its name from a Bordeaux négociant, Pierre Guiraud, who purchased the estate in 1766. Included among the first growths in the 1855 classification, Château Guiraud has more than a hundred hectares of vines. Château Guiraud is currently the only first growth in the 1855 classification to be officially certified for organic viticulture.
 
History
The Noble House of Bayle used to be estate's name when it belonged to the Mons Saint-Poly family. A notarial deed dated 22 February 1766 reveals that Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux merchant of Protestant faith, bought it. On his death in 1799 his son Louis succeeded him. It was under Louis Guiraud that the estate was saved from a severe devaluation which had begun in 1793, becoming a famous château well known for its wine. On his death in 1837, his son Pierre-Aman inherited a well-established property. Within 80 years and three generations, various families succeeded each other as owners of the estate. The legend was born in 1855 when Château Guiraud became a Premier Grand Cru de Sauternes. During a dinner in early 2006, Robert Peugeot, an industrialist, and three wine makers, Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier, Stephan Von Neipperg of Château Canon La Gaffelière and Xavier Planty, the estate's director, decided to buy Guiraud.
 
Terroir
45 km south from Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne River, Château Guiraud extends over 128 hectares. The whole estate is located in the village of Sauternes which is quite remarkable. The vines grow on extremely heterogeneous soils and subsoils: sandy gravel makes up to 80% of the soil, the rest consists of deeper layers of a mixture of gravel and clay. Subsoils show variation, from translucent sand to pure gravel layers that alternate with masses of red clay, but also marl and limestone, calcified oyster layers, red and white clay.
[Information provided by Olivier Nouet]

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