2006 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Apricot and pineapple give flesh to the nose and this sweet mix is very much in evidence on the palate. The richness is balanced by freshness a hint of greengage and towards the back pourriture shows adding some spice. 2013-28 Rating: 90 Derek Smedley MW, (Jul 2018)

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A flamboyant display of smoky oak, buttered peach and caramelized pineapples and orange marmalade notes are impressive. On the palate, the wine exhibits a multi-dimensional, textured, full-bodied style with terrific fruit, depth, and some toasty oak in the background. This is a big, blockbuster style of Sauternes to drink over the next 20-25 years (tasted Feb 2009) Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,

Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. This has a lovely, well-defined bouquet with honey, lemon curd, quince and a touch of white flowers. Very good lift and expression. The palate is medium-bodied, spicy entry, good level of botrytis will real depth. Marmalade, quince and spice, viscous, botrytis-rich finish. This should age beautifully. Tasted January 2010. Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin,

Rich and structured, showing honey and spice. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness. Tight, firm and long. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

Director Xavier Planty celebrated his first vintage of independence for himself and his new partners with an exceptional result. There are extremely scented, creamy, minerally notes which are echoed in the flavour - a very long flavour, showing great breed, creamy textures, concentration and real harmony. From 2012. Rating: ****

Sweet lime sherbet with bitter orange notes. Lots of power, sweetness and richness. Some notes of green vegetation on the very back palate but overall a good debut for the new regime. Just a bit hard and green on the finish. 2013-22 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

Château Guiraud

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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