2010 Château Guiraud Sauternes Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2010 Château Guiraud  (Sauternes) 95
A decade in the bottle has added a lot here. This fabulous sweet wine hit it right out of the bottle. Flowers, dried apricot, vanilla bean, roasted cashews, and honey-coated pineapple with candied pear notes are all over the nose and palate. The balance between sweet and acidity is right on target. This is a beauty! Drink from 2022-2050.

A decade in the bottle has added a lot here. This fabulous sweet wine hit it right out of the bottle. Flowers, dried apricot, vanilla bean, roasted cashews, and honey-coated pineapple with candied pear notes are all over the nose and palate. The balance between sweet and acidity is right on target. This is a beauty! Drink from 2022-2050.

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I know it's young, but I really enjoy the freshness and super sweetness found in young Sauternes. More on the orange, tangerine and apricot side of the style range, instead of tropical fruits, there is enough honeyed sweetness, acidity and vanilla notes, along with good concentration of flavor to keep you busy.

I know it's young, but I really enjoy the freshness and super sweetness found in young Sauternes. More on the orange, tangerine and apricot side of the style range, instead of tropical fruits, there is enough honeyed sweetness, acidity and vanilla notes, along with good concentration of flavor to keep you busy.

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When to Drink Chateau Guiraud, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Guiraud can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Guiraud is much better with age and does not reach full maturity until it's between 12-30 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!

That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it on any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course, the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Guiraud and frankly, all Sauternes, the temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Guiraud with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Guiraud is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau Guiraud can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab, and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Guiraud can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal, and pork dishes that are either spicy or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Guiraud.

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