2016 Sauternes-Barsac Château Guiraud
Fine and supple with very intense flavours and good structure. Will not disappoint! Petit Guiraud is produced without chaptalisation or any other form of enrichment, and meets the same standards as Château Guiraud, which is the only Premier Grand Cru Classé of 1855 to have obtained organic certification for its vineyard and to be strongly committed to a broad and genuine consideration of the environmental issues of wine production. L&S (Oct 2018)
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Average age of the vines: 35-40 years old Blending: 65% sémillon, 35% sauvignon Manual picking only, by several sortings on botrytised berries. Fermentation: Partly in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and partly in barrels. The different batches are fermented until they reach equilibrium (about three weeks), the nature of which depends on their plot selection. Ageing: In vats and barrels during about 12 monthsWinemaker's notes (Oct 2018)
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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