Guiraud 1997

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

Score: 90Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The medium gold-coloured 1997 Guiraud exhibits a fat, foursquare personality with copious quantities of orange marmalade, melted butter, and lychee nut notes. Buttered white corn flavours make an appearance in this corpulent, full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine. It does not possess the complexity, delineation, and freshness of the 1996, but it is a mouth-filling, well-endowed, hefty style of Sauternes. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The Guiraud 1997 is clearly a step up from the previous two vintages: bursting forth with delectable wild honey and marmalade aromas that mingle with vanilla pod and peach skin. It has retained good vigor and remains vital - much more so than the 1996. The palate is well-balanced and fresh on the entry with crisp acidity cutting through the Seville orange marmalade and quince fruit. There is good weight on the finish and though there is not the complexity of later vintages, it continues to drink well. Drink now-2025. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (207), June 2013

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