Chateau Guiraud 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Guiraud – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: As always, this is dominated by a freshness of flavour, this time kiwi-like fruit as well as the traditional mandarin orange peel – Xavier Planty calls it “rhubarb”. The 35% Sauvignon, still apart in several lots in the cellar, is mainly responsible for this, but the Sémillons are very aromatic too. The base is however powerful, although, at 135 g/l residual, they resisted the temptation of going for broke on sweetness, no mean feat for such a large estate con-fronted by such a sudden onrush of botrytis.
The overall effect is of evenness and of a reserved kind of tightness, surrounded by but not dominated by all that freshness of pure fruit.
Wine Spectator – Score 95-98 : This rocks with botrytis, offering spicy almond, peach pie and dried apricot on the nose and palate. Full and very sweet, with a long finish. So much dried fruit. Oily and powerful. Some bitterness. 35 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 65 percent Sémillon.
Wine Advocate – 94-96 Points: The 2009 Guiraud is very tight on the nose, taking time to unfurl, with notes of apricot, peach, a touch of honeysuckle and quince. Good definition. The palate is impressive: tightly coiled, honeyed fruit, very fine acidity, linear at first then fanning out across the finish with notes of dried apricot, nectarine, a touch of almond and a faint hint of spice. With good length and unctuous on the finish, this Guiraud is impossible to ignore.
Decanter –18.5 Points : Great pure noble rot aromas (apricot, mango), huge body, huge liquor, monumental but silky and supremely elegant, immense length, a great classic of the vintage in preparation and not at all very far from Yquem level, as are some other first growths too.
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