90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The pale lemon colored 2016 Petit Guiraud sings of preserved lemons, pink grapefruit and marzipan with touches of allspice, chalk dust and acacia honey. The palate is quite mineral and savory in character with a lively line carrying off the long, chalky finish.
Bright and racy in feel, featuring pineapple and yellow apple fruit laced with honeysuckle notes. The frankly sweet finish has enough freshness for balance. Drink now through 2028. 6,667 cases made. — JM
Petit Guiraud Sauternes is Guiraud's second, less expensive, wine that's made for earlier consumption. Winemaker since 1982, Xavier Planty, puts the same dedication into his Petit wine as the Premier Grand Cru. 2016 is a blend of organic old-vine Semillon (65%) and Sauvignon Blanc (35%) fermented in steel and oak. Aging takes place in large vats and oak barrels for 12 months.
Fuller-bodied, sweet. Lush on the nose with a well-balanced palate of apricot preserve, marzipan, spice, and dates. Finishes with refreshing acidity and mineral-salt notes. Pair with desserts, Foie Gras, and blue cheeses.