Château Guiraud, Sauternes 2003

Guiraud 2003

Ten years on tasting.

Golden with some antique bronze touches; Guiraud tends to have one of the deepest colors but this seemed a bit advanced.  Really promising at the beginning; very good precision here.  A luscious nose: slightly herbal yellow fruit, cut grass, toasted sesame, vanilla (from the oak), spiced marmalade and burnt toffee.  Reminds me of an ’89 Sauternes (not necessarily the ’89 Guiraud) without the nuances that come with time.  A good amount of pourriture noble.  Fattens up as it goes.  Dense and honey-dripped on the palate, of full texture and concentration: well-oiled apricot, roasted fig, marzipan and barley sugars.  Decent enough acidity and grip.  Guirauds can be a bit top heavy and the ’03 is no exception.  But while Guirauds tend to tip a bit forward under their weight the wine as a whole enjoys reasonable balance and harmony.  A good Guiraud.  Now – 2023+.

Guiraud 2003 #1

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