2008 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

Deep colour, waxy rich nose, full of polish and beeswax, slightly oily, definitely interesting and lovely, but although thick and chewy does not quite have the drive of a really great one. Volume and length are there though. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Mar 2019)

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It is clear that the aromatics on the 2008 are a little simpler and more straightforward than the 2007 with honeysuckle, jasmine and mango scents emerging with time. The palate is ripe and precise on the entry with well-integrated oak that is in sync with the lemon curd and apricot fruit. There is a lovely sweetness on the finish with a hint of spice lingering in the mouth. As I wrote last year – sublime. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin, 2013)

The 2008 Guiraud has a subtle, nuanced nose with touches of acacia, apricot, citrus fruits and a touch of limestone. The palate is crisp and honeyed on the entry, cohesive, nice weight of fruit with a conservative but well-defined finish of citrus lemon, apricot and honeydew melon. Good length. Very fine – great drive and passion here. Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,

This shows wonderful spicy botrytis, tarte Tatin and dried pineapple aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lots of spicy and sweet character. Long and flavorful. Very fine and beautiful. Rating: 91-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

Broad, intense spiced citrus. Bright and racy and pure. Well balanced and moderate length. Dense and viscous and tangy. 2016-28 Rating: 17 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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