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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2001
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2001
(search item no. 77501)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number on 23 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!

"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." -Wine Spectator

My Notes:

About Chateau Guiraud:

Château Guirard, located in the heart of the commune of Sauternes, has a 100-hectare vineyard in a single block. The vines are planted around the cellars and the château. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes ripen very early at Guiraud and undergo tremendous natural concentration due to the effects of "noble rot" (botrytis).

The harvest takes place in several waves and the grapes are literally picked one by one. This process is not only risky, but accounts for very low yields. It nevertheless results in rich, complex wines.

The quality of Château Guiraud's terroir earned its classification as a First Growth in 1855. The Société Civile Agricole du Château Guiraud is managed by Xavier Planty.