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CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD

2014 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Colour White
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Sauternes-Barsac
Sub-district Sauternes-Barsac
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé

Huge impact here. Dense, almost treacle-like richness to the compact fruit. This is long, lots of weight, full of dried apricot and good whiff of spiced raisins. Good drive and super texture. Rating: 93 L&S (Aug 2019)

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Composed of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, the pale lemon-gold colored 2014 Guiraud opens with notes of honeyed apricots, lemon marmalade and beeswax followed by touches of musk perfume and lightly browned toast. The palate is wonderfully refreshing with plenty of zippy citrus fruit and a long perfumed finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2039 Rating: 93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Aug 2018)

The 2014 Guiraud has a very attractive bouquet, not unlike a Mosel Auslese in some ways, very well defined and minerally with honey, apricot blossom and a light petrolly scent. The palate is very detailed with a killer line of acidity, a touch of ginger and rhubarb on the entry, segueing into some vibrant orange zest and honeyed notes towards the viscous finish. Not as weighty or as concentrated as some Sauternes but this is very pure and feels very long in the mouth. Excellent. Tasted in Bordeaux. Drinking range: 2020 - 2045 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)

Not shy, with unctuous dried apricot, peach and tangerine fruit flavors, augmented with ginger, bitter orange and bitter almond notes that add tension. Expressive, with a floral twinge on the finish imparting lift. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 95 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com(Dec 2016)

Tropical and orchard fruits are lifted by spicy botrytis notes, crystallised ginger and lemon verbena. Balanced and refined, yet bigger than usual but remarkably fresh thanks to vibrant acidity. (Ian d'Agata, Highly Recommended Sauternes.) Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 93-93 Decanter Magazine(May 2015)

The Château Guiraud 2014 has a perfumed bouquet with clear honey, beeswax and honeysuckle aromas that are well defined. The palate is fresh and taut on the entry: good tension and focus here, very harmonious with a gently build in the mouth towards a satisfying marmalade and quince-driven finish. This is a finely crafted Guiraud that will be a class act. Drinking range: 2018 - 2040 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)

The 2014 Guiraud is another of the richer, more honeyed wines of the vintage. Candied orange peel, mint, wild flowers and mango are some of the notes that meld together in an unctuous yet mid-weight Sauternes built on texture and resonance. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)

Relatively deep gold. Lightly cheesy nose and then massive sweetness on the palate. Really full and impressive. Long and full but with freshness on the finish. Interesting! Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com

Sweet and ripe on the nose the palate has depth the richness of apricot and caramelized orange peel. Lighter and fresher in the middle very easy and forward seems drinkable now. It fills out at the back the finish rich and sweet. Drinking range: 2025 - 2033 Rating: 90-94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)

There’s a pretty core of dried fruit and botrytis with dried apricots. Full body. Tight now. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2015)

Generally among the star turns in Sauternes, Guiraud has produced another impressive wine in 2014. It’s a highly aromatic, complex sticky with layers of fruit, oak and acidity. Crisp and focused, with classy oak integration and good ageing potential. (One of Tim's Top 10 Sweet Whites.) Drinking range: 2011 - 2030 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com

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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