From a very early harvest seen since 1883, and a very pure botrytis, Guiraud 1996 is today a complex and fine wine. Amber color, the nose is sappy, spicy, on the apricot but also black tea and roasted notes of berries, vanilla, supported by very good acidity.
Parker : 88 / 100
J. Robinson : 16 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. I have to admit that I was expecting much more from this vintage that was drinking gloriously ten years ago. For sure, the 1996 has a more composed bouquet than the 1995 with marmalade, Clementine and touches of brown sugar and chlorine emerging from the almost Barsac-like aromatic profile. The palate has a waxy texture, touches of spice and marmalade that segue into a tense, bitter lemon and bitter orange finish. Comparing the 1996 with recent vintages, it just fall short in terms of the complexity and nuance, but it remains a pleasurable Sauternes, albeit one outshone by the succeeding vintage. Drink now-2020. Tasted April 2013.