A medium gold color is accompanied by notes of caramelized oranges, citrus, honeysuckle, creme brulee, and smoke. Full-bodied and opulent, with tremendous intensity, good acidity, and a persistent finish that lasts nearly a minute, this large-scaled, thick, heady Guiraud is one of the finest examples from this estate that I have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
A gorgeous example of Guiraud, the 2001 boasts complex aromas of honeysuckle, butterscotch, toasty new oak, tropical fruit, and sauteed butter. Powerful, dense, full-bodied, and beautifully delineated, with loads of botrytis, this is an impressive, backward, yet tremendously promising wine. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.
|Score: 91/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
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|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
The Guiraud 2001 here did not quite deliver as it had done at the vertical tasting a couple of years previously. However, it still boasts an attractive, quite forward orange peel, lanolin and apricot-scented bouquet that is certainly well defined. Like before, just give it a few swirls and that peachy nose unfurls. The palate is well balanced but I find it here just a little pinched on the entry. The finish is linear but full of citrus fruit and bitter orange to savor. I was just expecting more persistence but otherwise this is very fine. Drink 2014-2030
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (215), October 2014|
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2001 Guiraud is armed with an intense, vigorous bouquet with scents of marmalade, lanolin, brown sugar and peach that blossom in the glass, the latter becoming exaggerated with continued aeration. The palate is well-balanced with citrus-fresh apricot and orange zest on the entry. It is precise and vigorous with dried mango emerging toward the tightly wound finish that suggests the '01 would benefit from several more years ageing. This is a great success. Drink 2014-2030+ Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (207), June 2013|
Golden yellow. Butterscotch and vanilla, with hints of ripe apples. Full-bodied, with lots of sweetness and a spicy apricot and honey aftertaste. Excellent concentration and balance. Loads of botrytis character on the finish. Intense. Hard not to drink now because it's so luscious and rich. Best after 2008.
| ||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Sep 15, 04), September 2004|
|Score: 96||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (15/9/04), September 2004|
|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Some green notes in the golden colour. Real structure and interest though not extraordinarily much better than the 2002. Drink 2010-2010. Date tasted 10th Aug 07.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com|