2009 Château Guiraud, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

One of the better values in Sauternes. Light golden in color. The nose has with pineapples, honey and some of peach. On the palate, this is viscous and rich.  Sweet but not cloying.  Good acidity that cuts through the sweetness.  Honey and Pineapple.  Nice finish.  This is great on its own and will work with a not too sweet dessert.  Drink over the next fifteen to twenty years.  

1995 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1995
Score: 
96
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$359.00USD

Always a pleasure to drink what is arguably the greatest wine in the world.  Not the best and not the worst vintage.  At age 27, this is mature but with decades left.  Red/orange in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with apricots, peach, honey and marzipan.  Slightly viscous.  Complex on the palate.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, honey, Crème brûlée with just a bit of underlying char.  A finish that goes on forever.  Delicious.  This drinks great on its own and will work with a more savory dessert, but that is not necessary.  

2009 Château Coutet, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Barsac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$46.00USD

From a 375 ml.  Golden in color with slight orange hues, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with honey, peaches and a slight dried orange rind note.  Viscous.  Sweet, not cloying.  Enough acidity to match the sweetness.  On the palate, honey, apricots and slight peach.  Clean.  Long finish.  Very tasty.  This probably has twenty years left.  A nice match with a not too sweet cake.  

1998 Château Raymond-Lafon, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1998
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with honey, apricots and simple syrup.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, oranges and slight alcohol note.  Good acidity.  Still showing very fresh but mature, too.  This is at peak or maybe slightly past but should drink well for another decade.  Great on its own, this will work with a savory dessert such as a polenta cake.  

1961 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1961
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$1900.00USD

What a treat to taste this wine that was opened by a friend for his 60th birthday.  While perhaps not the best vintage for sauternes (great red vintages seldom are), this was still outstanding.  The color of iced tea (sort of red/brown/orange) clear and bright.  The nose is nice with apricots, honey and cashews.  Viscous.  Very slightly sweet.  Medium bodied.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, orange peel with some honey.  Long finish.  This should continue to drink well for the  next fifteen to twenty years.  It probably deserves to be consumed on its own or better yet, with birthday cake

2010 Château Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

From a 375ml bottle.  Amber/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great.  Pineapples, honey and an herbal note.  Slightly sweet (but less than expected).  Good acidity.  Viscous.  On the palate, oranges and honey.  Long finish.  Very tasty.  This went well at the end of the evening all on its own but will work well with citrus or less sweet baked desserts.  Drinking great now, this will drink well over the  next twenty years.  

2016 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$360.00USD

Always a privilege to be able to drink Yquem.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  Great nose with honey, slight caramel, apricots, slight pineapple and slight ginger.  Full bodied.  Viscous.  Sweet not cloying with good acidity.  On the palate, honey, slight mandarin orange, apricots and a bit of burnt sugar.  Long, long, finish.  Stunning if young.  Drink this over the next fifty years.  This will work with some desserts but really deserves to be served on its own.  It will improve a bit as it matures.  

2010 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$385.00USD

What more can be said about one of the truly great wines made.  Golden in color, deep and shimmering bright.  On the nose there is honey, some dust, pineapple and orange marmalade.  Viscous.  On the palate, this is so smooth as it coats the mouth.  Notes or apricots, honey, pineapple and slight caramel.  Long, long finish.  This is not an opulent year for Yquem nor is it lean.  It drinks great on its own.  It would work with a less sweet dessert, but this is one of those wines that deserves 100% attention.  Drink over the next thirty years.  

2009 Château Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$99.00USD

One of my favorite dessert wines.  At age 12, this is drinking beautifully from a 375ml bottle.  Light to medium golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is gorgeous with oranges, blood oranges, honey and spice.  Full bodied.  Viscous texture.  Excellent balance and acidity.  On the palate, oranges, orange peel and honey, layered and complex.  The finish is quite long.  Delicious.  As good as this is, it may still get better with age.  This is contemplative on it own but will work for less sweet (not chocolate) dessert.  A polenta cake would work nicely.  

2001 Château Guiraud, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$44.00USD

From a tremendous vintage, but this Sauternes is great in just about any vintage and one of the more reasonably priced ones at that.  This was purchased on release and well stored.  Medium golden/orange in color.  The nose is great with honey, slight pineapple, slight saline and canned peaches.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is sweet not cloying.  It has dropped some of its sweetness in the 19 years since release.  Lots of depth and complexity.  Layers of peaches, minerals and honey.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This is great on its own and will work with a not too sweet frui

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