Bill Blatch: This has an almost identical analysis to Fargues, and has something of the same extreme purity and finesse, but there the similarity ends. In the Guiraud, the Sauvignon fruit and new oakiness shines through more strongly in a more bulky spicey, ginger-marmelade way, uninhibited by the quite restrained sweetness.
Decanter: 18.5/20 – More lactic notes than most, more intensity of yeasty undertones, very intense, great proportions, great style, great future, showing the energy of a perfectly cultivated vineyard. Drink 2018-2040.
Jancis Robinson: 16.5/20 – Drink 2018-2030. Deep gold. Something sulphidey on the nose. Sweet and sticky rather than fine. Sheer mass. Sweet and interesting but not that intense. Marmalade and a bit of bitterness. Certainly makes an impression. Lilies; tropical flowers. Big and a bit of bruiser. Residual Sugar 132g/l, Total Acidity 4.0, Alcohol 13.7%.
Wine Spectator: 92-95/100 – This is developing some real power, with glazed peach and pear fruit pushed by graham and honey notes. There’s lots of viscosity on the finish, but with good underlying acidity.
Neal Martin: 91-93/100 – The 2010 Chateau Guiraud has fine purity and minerality on the nose, with touches of passion fruit and dried apricot, later quince joining the fray. The palate is very well-balanced with a lively entry of apricot, quince and a touch of hazelnut. The middle and finish demonstrate fine tension and a lot of freshness. Individual lots seemed to have more race than the final sample, and I suspect it will warrant a higher score once the final blend is in bottle.
Asian Palate: 93-94/100 – The 2010 Guiraud, with its notes of dried candied peel, dried pineapple and fresh mangoes, is a very rich and unctuous Sauternes, thick on the palate but with sufficient acidity and depth to carry the richness. With its well-layered profile and balanced freshness, this Sauternes is lovely now but will evolve into a real beauty in about 10 years time.
James Suckling: 93-94/100
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94/100 – A closed up wine, although all the elements are there, promising great final balance, richness and power.
Tim Atkin: 94/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 91-94/100 – Particularly successful this year. Iodine and rich but not over the top. There is a floral aspect to this and much Sauvignon Blanc (35%)… it combines elegance and richness very well.
Jeremy Williams: 90-92+/100 – Palest gold; wax, butter, some freshness and honey; sweet and unctuous on the palate but also with race; a little more elegant than the Rieussec which was surprising. Very good mouth feel. Excellent.
Rene Gabriel: 20/20
Matthew Jukes: 18/20
Jane Anson: 93/100 – As ever, the sauvignon blanc in this wine gives it a wonderful sense of freshness, against a rich and sticky mid-palate that gives a wonderful contrasting sensation in the mouth. A very physical, three-dimensional wine. Drink 2018-2030
Jean-Marc Quarin: 17.75/20
Chris Kissack: 15.5-16.5/20 – Residual sugar 132 g/l. Orange citrus concentration on the nose here, moving towards a rich and slightly marmaladey character, but still with that freshening, citrus lift behind it coming out of the vintage. Classic Guiraud. A rather viscous start, a remarkable residual weight here, really dominating the palate, with a laser-like acidity cutting through underneath it. Rather a smoky, flambéed fruit character on the palate, some oak influence perhaps. Great weight. Perhaps not the finesse of some other wines, but certainly a lovely impact and lift.