2005 1er Cru Classé Sauternes
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Bright old gold. Much 'younger' than the 2004 tasted alongside, richer too. Very fine and fresh despite great weight. Long future. (Tasted in a vertical at the Château, April 2010) Rating: 92++ L&S (Apr 2006)
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A lovely fresh lemony nose with peach and apricot. Superb definition. The palate is very well-balanced, fresh with high levels of botrytis. Peach and orange blossom. Superb. Rating: 22/25 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
While we wait to hear who the new owner will be, Xavier Planty has made another superb wine, very close to being five stars at this early stage. The wine is very perfumed with lovely concentration and imposing length, fruit and elegance. Rating: **** www.decanter.com
Thick and spicy, with loads of dried pineapple, lemon and honey character. Full-bodied, very sweet and long. This is layered and beautiful. Rating: 95-100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
Sauternes Premier Cru 1855 Given that the village has lent its name to the appellation, it seems surprising that only two châteaux in Sauternes were granted Premier Cru status in 1855. When you learn that one of those two was Château d'Yquem, it becomes less surprising. The other was Château Guiraud. The name derives from a Pierre Guiraud (or Guiraut), who purchased the estate in 1766. Today, Guiraud is owned by a consortium - Robert Peugeot, Stephan von Niepperg, Olivier Bernard and Xavier Planty. They bought the estate in 2006 from the Narby family who had already done much work renovating Guiraud over the previous 20 years. There 85ha of vineyard, given over to 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in new wood, before ageing for 2 years. A second wine is produced called Le Dauphin de Château Guiraud, as well as a dry white called G de Guiraud.
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