- Château Guiraud
- Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
- 2013 - 2024
- Case size
- Available Now
Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
Ch Guiraud 2004 Sauternes 1st 16 Drink 2008-15 Quite deep copper. Simple barley sugar sweetness. Sugary sweet without quite enough depth. Hot finish. Really quite simple. Qiute full but not whistle clean.
This estate was aquired by the Narby family in 1981. Under the direction of first Hamilton, then his father Frank's direction, heavy investment in the vineyards and chai, overseen by Xavier Planty, the estate went from strength to strength. In 2006 the family sold the estate to a consortium, led by Robert Peugeot, and including Stephan von Neipperg (of Château Canon La Gaffelière), Olivier Bernard (of Domaine de Chevalier) and Xavier Planty.The vineyards comprise 100 hectares of vines, 85 of which are commited to Sauternes production and the remainder to the estate's dry white "G de Guiraud". Vines are 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. Vines have an average age of 40 years and yields in the order of 12hl/ha. Modern winemaking (without recourse to techniques such as cryo-extraction) ensues, and ageing in new oak barrels for up to two years.
It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.