LE G DE GUIRAUD
2015 Bordeaux Blanc Château Guiraud
|Grapes||Sémillon, Sauv Blanc|
An equal blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Aromas of citrus, freshly cut grass and oak creaminess, then a mid-eight palate with energy, lifted by lemon acidity. Aged in barrels previously used for Guiraud's famous sauternes. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Rating: 91 Decanter Magazine (Jun 2018)
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One of the most lauded names of Sauternes, Guiraud has picked its grapes early and produced a very good dry white wine. The smoky, enticing blend of sémillon and sauvignon blanc gives it intensity of flavour and depth. Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Apr 2018)
Attractive citrus, grassy elements and lighter stone fruits lead to pawpaw and ripe melon on the palate in a fresh, approachable style. Drink or hold. Rating: 91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
Stinky cat aromas on the nose – not unpleasant! Off dry but well balanced with real fruit and tingle. I think many people would enjoy the combination of richness and freshness. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
Guiraud is one of the most famous Châteaux in the whole of France, making sweet wines which rival the greatest on the planet. This is a dry white made from the same estate and it spends a small amount of time in barrels which were previously used for the sweet Sauternes. This gives this citrus-themed wine immense class and mystery! (DAILY MAIL) Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (May 2017)
A style of dry, white Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc that the Gang loves: smoky and herbal on the nose; intense, richly textured and persistent in the mouth, with smoke, gunflint, grass and grapefruit flavours and bracing acidity. It was aged in barrels that had previously held Guiraud’s Sauternes. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (May 2017)
Rating: 89 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2016)
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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