- Château Guiraud
- Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
- 2016 - 2034
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, July 2015,
A great Guiraud in the making with a lovely elegant honeyed fruit palate. This is a Sauternes of true balance, without being excessively sweet and has a very appealing uplifting freshness on the finish. A delicious wine which is already drinking beautifully.
Neal Martin, April 2014,
The Guiraud 2010 seems a little more loose-knit on the nose compared to others, with lanolin and dried honey aromas gently unfurling in the glass, before revealing its mineral core – as if this wine is teasing you. The palate is well-balanced with a fine line of acidity. There is abundant clean and pure botrytized fruit and a crisp, linear finish that is very appealing. The oak appears to have been absorbed in recent months, leaving a very accomplished Guiraud. Drink now-2035.
Neal Martin, April 2013,
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2010 is more Zen-like on the nose compared to the 2009 – more minerality coming through, tense and citric. The palate offers surprising viscosity on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. There is plenty of apricot and dried honey. It has a lovely caressing texture, although there is still some new oak to absorb on the vanilla-scented finish. This has great potential. Drink 2019-2035. Tasted April 2013.
Robert Parker, May 2011,
The 2010 Chateau Guiraud has fine purity and minerality on the nose, with touches of passion fruit and dried apricot, later quince joining the fray. The palate is very well-balanced with a lively entry of apricot, quince and a touch of hazelnut. The middle and finish demonstrate fine tension and a lot of freshness. Individual lots seemed to have more race than the final sample, and I suspect it will warrant a higher score once the final blend is in bottle.
Decanter, April 2011,
More lactic notes than most, more intensity of yeasty undertones, very intense, great proportions, great style, great future, showing the energy of a perfectly cultivated vineyard. Drink 2018-2040.
Jancis Robinson, April 2011,
Deep gold. Something sulphidey on the nose. Sweet and sticky rather than fine. Sheer mass. Sweet and interesting but not that intense. Marmalade and a bit of bitterness. Certainly makes an impression. Lilies; tropical flowers. Big and a bit of bruiser. RS 132g/l, TA 4.0. 13.7%. Drink 2018-2030
Wine Spectator, April 2011,
This is developing some real power, with glazed peach and pear fruit pushed by graham and honey notes. There's lots of viscosity on the finish, but with good underlying acidity. -J.M.
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.