2009 Chateau Guiraud

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sauternes
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 96
James Suckling: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Jeff Leve: 92
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and honey. There's stunning richness and mouthfeel, with the power to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. Very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2040. 11,000 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2009 Guiraud has a complex, precocious bouquet with honeysuckle and jasmine notes, hints of dried honey and white peach. It is tightly wound but very precise. The palate is pure and tense in the mouth – great precision here once again with superbly integrated oak and a lovely, seductive, very viscous botrytis-laden finish. In many ways the 2009 represents the wine that every vintage since 1983 would love to be. Drink 2018-2040+ Tasted April 2013." (WA)

"Gorgeous aromas of dried apricots, apple pie crust and pineapple. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness. Dense and layered. Beautiful now but will improve with age. Drink or hold." (JS)

"This is a smoky, rich wine that shows evident wood aging. This feature adds weight, though the sweetness is currently muted. It is a wine with potential intensity; the fruit and acidity will emerge in several years." (WE)

"Honey coated apricot, pineapple,. peach and orange notes create the aromatics. Medium/full bodied, the wine ends with orange rind, apricot and sweet honeyed pineapple. 92 points-Tasted Jan 25, 2012" (JL)