- Château Guiraud
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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.
When the Romans first planted a few vines on the limestone outcrops of St Emilion in the early years of the first century, and tasted what was, by all accounts, rather thin, bitter wine, they can hardly have imagined that the region's greatest red wines would become the most sought afterfine wines in the world. From the days in the seventeenth century when the then owners of Ch Haut Brion, the de Pontac family, became the first to export to the UK, selling their wine in their own tavern, the Pontac's Head, red Bordeaux or claret has been the Englishman's favourite. The wines of the 1855 Classification are merely the tip of the iceberg. Bordeaux AC accounts for about half of all wine produced in the area, from vineyards outside the regional or communal appelations and often blended by the negociant houses. Simpler beasts these although still clearly related to their more illustrious cousins - relatively light and fresh, full of fruit, with soft tannins making for delicious, and good value, early drinking.