LE G DE GUIRAUD
2019 Bordeaux Blanc Château Guiraud
|Grapes||Sémillon, Sauv Blanc|
These are always enticing and ultimately rewarding wines to drink and the 2019, the result of a slightly warmer yet balanced vintage, is no exception. In fact that extra touch of ripeness pushes forward the ripe citrus, nectarine and fragrant grapefruit notes that abound on the nose and palate, but that isn't to the detriment of balance and freshness. In fact good dry white Bordeaux can age nicely and provide great drinking for 5 years or more and this wine will do just that. L&S (Nov 2020)
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This is a dense, waxy white with sliced dried-apple and lemon character, as well as stone and white peaches. It’s full-bodied, flavorful and rich. I like the spicy finish at the end from the semillon. Really excellent. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jan 2021)
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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