- Château Guiraud
- Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
- Case size
Goedhuis, April 2017,
65% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc. This is a great success in 2016. They enjoyed a wonderful window of picking in the third week of October, and were able to bring in an excellent crop. The wine has such pretty tangerine fruit on the nose, scented with a honeysuckle lift. The generous palate is well balanced by the bright acidity. CP
Neal Martin, April 2017,
The 2016 Château Guiraud, which had been already released onto the market by proprietor Xavier Planty when I visited, has a very refined bouquet this year: nicely poised with pure botrytised fruit, quite minerally and developing subtle white flower scents with time. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, orange rind and tangerine coming forth with a tang of stem ginger towards the long finish. It will require three or four years in bottle just to meld together, but there is great potential here. Drink Date 2021 - 2050
Antonio Galloni, April 2017,
Pineapple, passion fruit, honey, candied orange peel and spice give the 2016 Guiraud its tropical profile. The flavors are intense, but the structure and feel lean toward the medium-bodied end of the spectrum. Already quite open and expressive, the 2016 will be ready to offer pleasure pretty much upon release.
Decanter, April 2017,
Guiraud walks the line of minerality, florality and richness effectively for me. Lime juice oozes through, you can't hold it back, and your mouth responds. Succulent, with a well judged salinity. Very good.
Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
So clean and refreshing with a large percentage of Sauvignon, this is a scintillating wine and while it is not a fat, tropical blockbuster it is, in fact, the epitome of restraint and shimmering beauty and I love it. Barley sugar and superb intensity mark this as a wine with a lot of intensity and sweetness and this is stunning. The fruit is lush and exotic and there is power for the long run, too.
Jancis Robinson, April 2017,
RS 155 g/l, TA 3.79 g/l. Complex nose. Still obviously embryonic with a hint of ginger and lots of acidity on the edge. Some lemongrass. Far from the sweetest, this wine gives the impression of having been 'built'. Quite a dry finish. 13.6% Drink 2026-2042
Tim Atkin, April 2017,
Among the richest, sweetest and densest of Sauternes this year, this is lush, spicy and concentrated, with quite a bit of toasty oak (often the case when young), 155 grams of residual sugar and exotic fruit flavours of passion fruit and pineapple. 2020-28
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.