Subtle, but with complex aromas of honey, spices, apple pie and lemon candy. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with intense botrytis and lemon peel character and bright acidity. Powerful and long. Best after 2012. –JS
Sweet, rich orange marmalade flavors, maybe not as imposingly powerful as Guiraud can be, but still with a great inner tension between sweetness and dry botrytis, precede a delicious addition of lemon zest and a final burst of sweetness balanced with acidity.
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The Guiraud 2006 has a floral bouquet with a peppermint-like freshness and vitality – so much that you might think it originates from the New World (not meant pejoratively). The palate is viscous and very well-balanced on the entry with prudently judged acidity cutting through intense mango, marmalade and apricot flavours. There is a superb sense of weight and presence to this Sauternes that should be considered a great success. Drink 2015-2028+ Tasted April 2013.
($32-$45) Good bright, medium gold. Slightly swampy, resiny nose seems blocked by SO2 today. Then chewy and expressive on the palate, with bright acids framing the flavors of peach nectar, orange rind and clove. In an opulent style, but finishes quite firm, with very good spicy persistence. This needs a few years to harmonize.
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