- Château Guiraud
- Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
- 2025 - 2045
- Case size
- Available Now
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Guiraud, picked at 8.32hl/ha and matured in 90% new oak, has a lifted nose, not as intense as some of the other 2020 Sauternes that I tasted, but well defined, offering scents of honeysuckle, quince and touches of peach. The palate is smooth on the entry and very harmonious. Not a deep or powerful Guiraud but focused and tensile. Élevage will add some needed weight and girth. Drink 2024 - 2044
Decanter, May 2021,
This is hugely appealing. Fleshy and exotic, with saffron and cinnamon, luscious and rich in a way that is a little atypical for the signature of Guiraud - you feel the concentration of the vintage, although the necessary lift on the finish comes in through white pepper spice, fennel, white pear and passion fruit. 2020 is the 10th vintage to be certified as organic. A yield of 8.3hl/ha, fermented and aged in 90% new oak. Drink 2022-2050
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Guiraud is fabulous. Usually a more opulent wine, the 2020 impresses with its translucent personality. Orange confit, apricot preserves, chamomile and dried flowers all develop in the glass. I very much like the energy here. A classy, impressive wine. Drink 2026 - 2040
James Suckling, March 2021,
Spicy and intense with dried-apple, peach and some stone character. It’s medium-bodied and sweet, yet fresh and vivid.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Roasted nuts, pears, pineapple, white peach, mango and honeysuckle make a gorgeous perfume. On the palate the wine shines with its perfect balance between all the decadently sweet pineapples and candied apricots coated with honey, and ample refreshing acidity keeping everything balanced between sweet and fresh.
Jancis Robinson, Apri l2021,
Very introvert aromatically at the moment although there is a bit of botrytis on the palate. Waxy, round texture and really pretty sweet. Lots of interest here. 13.5% Drink 2025 – 2038
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.