2010 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

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

Very pure, waxy, sweet, honeyed and fresh. Lovely harmony and fresh acidity too, carrying the weight and volume effortlessly and keeping it fresh and mouthwatering. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2011)

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Another wine that will suffer by comparison with the previous vintage, but remains a classy Sauternes in its own right. It’s exotic and sweet, with coconutty oak, flavours of barley sugar and pineapple and decent acidity. There’s a lot of flavour here, but it doesn’t have the persistence of the 2009. 5+ years. Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW,

Residual sugar 132 g/l. Orange citrus concentration on the nose here, moving towards a rich and slightly marmaladey character, but still with that freshening, citrus lift behind it coming out of the vintage. Classic Guiraud. A rather viscous start, a remarkable residual weight here, really dominating the palate, with a laser-like acidity cutting through underneath it. Rather a smoky, flambéed fruit character on the palate, some oak influence perhaps. Great weight. Perhaps not the finesse of some other wines, but certainly a lovely impact and lift. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack,

The 2010 Chateau Guiraud has fine purity and minerality on the nose, with touches of passion fruit and dried apricot, later quince joining the fray. The palate is very well-balanced with a lively entry of apricot, quince and a touch of hazelnut. The middle and finish demonstrate fine tension and a lot of freshness. Individual lots seemed to have more race than the final sample, and I suspect it will warrant a higher score once the final blend is in bottle. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin,

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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