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2011 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes Half BottleBlend from France

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Still looking for some of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year? This wine ranked very high on the list. #12 to be exact. On top of that, it's from one of the top produ...

  • 99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 97 Wine Spectator
  • 93+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
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Please note, this product is a 375 mL bottle.
This is a PRE-ORDER. Estimated Arrival: 11/30/2017

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99

"This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, with lots of spicy botrytis character. Full body, medium-sweet and a crisp finish. It’s racy and refined. What’s impressive is the intensity of noble rot that makes the wine feel almost dry. This is the greatest wine ever made here. Made from organic grapes. Try in 2017, but already delicious to drink." (01/14)

97 Wine Spectator

"Ranked #12 in the Top 100 of 2014: A large-scale version, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows ample depth, echoing with an enticing tarte Tatin note. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,000 cases made. -JM" (03/14)

93+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media

"Bright yellow-gold. Deep aromas of lime, peach, quince, minerals, menthol and saffron are complicated by tangy botrytis tones. Ripe, creamy flavors of peach, lime and lemon verbena show noteworthy sweetness and power, with harmonious acidity providing lift. This very rich, textured wine coats the palate with tropical fruit and mineral flavors that linger impressively on the back end, enlivened by a brisk citrus element. This stellar Guiraud, which strikes me as being richer and deeper than the 2010, is still very young and will improve further in a good cold cellar." (07/14)

Product Description:

Still looking for some of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year?

This wine ranked very high on the list. #12 to be exact. On top of that, it's from one of the top producers in Bordeaux! Not only was the Wine Spectator high on this, James Suckling called it the "greatest wine ever made at the estate"!!!

Affordable yet classic, this is an opportunity to buy up 1ere Grand Cru Classe Sauternes for a dream of a deal, and still have money left over! Scored a mind-blowing 99 points from James Suckling for its remarkable "intensity" of fruit, Suckling called it the "greatest wine ever made at the estate"!!! As if that weren't enough, this wine hit 97 Points with the Wine Spectator and nailed the #12 spot in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014!!!

Boasting the power of the 2011 vintage for Sauternes, coupled with the silky smooth style of the estate, the 2011 Chateau Giraud is a steal at today's price. With history dating back to the 1700s, this iconic house boasts organically grown fruit that is already delicious now and will continue to develop magically through 2035!!!

99 Points - James Suckling - "This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, with lots of spicy botrytis character. Full body, medium-sweet and a crisp finish. It’s racy and refined. What’s impressive is the intensity of noble rot that makes the wine feel almost dry. This is the greatest wine ever made here. Made from organic grapes. Try in 2017, but already delicious to drink."

97 Points - Wine Spectator (#12 on the Top 100 Wines for 2014) - "Ranked #12 in the Top 100 of 2014: A large-scale version, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows ample depth, echoing with an enticing tarte Tatin note. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,000 cases made. -JM"

Wine:
"The first growth is produced from a 85ha of Sauternes appellation vines.

Only Semillon (65%) and Sauvignon (35%) are planted at Guiraud with a pruning "a cots" or "in fan" for the Semillons and long branches for the Sauvignons.

Harvest is only done hand picking by successive waves through the vineyard (2 to 7 selections), picking only the botrytised berries. A minimum of potential alcohol must be reached before starting the harvest.

The fermentation is made in new oak barrels over a period of three weeks to two months. Different batches are fermentated until they reach their own equilibrium which depends upon their selection.

The aging in barrels lasts 24 months." - Winery

History:
"The " Noble House of Bayle " used to be estate's name when it belonged to the Mons Saint-Poly family. A notarial deed dated 22 February 1766 reveals that Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux merchant of Protestant faith, bought it for 53,000 livres.

On his death in 1799 his son Louis succeeded him. It was under Louis Guiraud that the estate was saved from a severe devaluation which had begun in 1793, becoming a famous chateau well known for its wine.

On his death in 1837, his son Pierre-Aman inherited a well-established property, with a value estimated at 250,00 livres.

Within 80 years and three generations, various families succeeded each other as owners of the estate. The legend was born in1855 when Chateau Guiraud became a Premier Grand Cru de Sauternes." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 85060
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Sauternes
Ratings

99 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

97 - Wine Spectator

93+ - Ian Dagata - Vinous Media

Vintage 2011
Color White
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Size 375 mL
Closure Cork
Features Dessert
Taste fig, lemon, pear, saffron, grass, bell pepper, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral and flint
Nose apricot, quince, honey, pineapple, cream, apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit and melon