Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Guiraud 2015, Sauternes

R1,195

A historic first growth of Sauternes, rivaling its neighbor Yquem in style, prestige and ageworthiness

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Additional information

Additional information

Critics Top Rating

96 points

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Sweet Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Story

Story

Château Guiraud is a large Sauternes property that is the only 1er Cru Classé, along with its illustrious neighbour Château d`Yquem, located within the commune of Sauternes itself.

In Early 2006, the estate was bought by a synergy of 4 prestigious families: Robert Peugeot, Olivier Bernard (Domaine de Chevalier), Stefan van Neipperg (Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere) and Xavier Planty, the Estate Director. They made Guiraud a very ambitious property with aspirations to produce a wine that will one day rival d`Yquem. The wines are astonishingly rich, especially in light of the high proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend, and are undoubtedly amongst the finest wines being produced in Sauternes today. Château Guiraud wine is born of simplicity and proven methods.

An original and historic aromatic identity

Sauvignon blanc is a magnificent grape variety that has been selected from the oldest strains available in the property’s conservatory. It represents 35% of the vines planted at Chateau Guiraud and is vinified separately, thus participating in the specific signature of Château Guiraud, Premier Grand Cru Classé in Sauternes in 1855.

A terroir that forges the character

Eighty percent of the vineyard is made up of sandy gravel, the remaining 20% being deep earth that is a mixture of clay, limestone and gravel. The plots have a heterogenous soil on a subsoil that introduces numerous aromatic nuances. At the bottom of the slopes the presence of natural springs ensures perfect drainage of the vineyard and prevents the stagnation of humidity.

The work of a true goldsmith

Every autumn a microscopic fungus called le « Botrytis Cinerea » appears and transforms the grapes. This is the famous ‘noble rot’ that is Nature’s gift to Chateau Guiraud. In autumn the grapes take on a dark colour which can even seem austere, but this ‘noble rot’ is a precursor of aromatic expression. Understanding this phenomenon is essential as only the grapes that have been perfectly concentrated by the Botrytis will be picked one by one.

Specifications

Specifications

Blending: 65% sémillon, 35% sauvignon Blanc

Vines area: 85 ha. – Vine density: 6600 plants/ ha – Average age of the vines: 25-30 years old

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT
Château Guiraud got Organic Farming certification in early 2011 and has managed the vineyard using organic methods since 1996. 2015 is the 5th vintage to be certified as organic.

TERROIR
Soils: sandy gravels 80%, 20% clay gravels.
Subsoils: deep translucent sand, pure gravels crossed by red clay and limestone marls, fossilized oyster beds and red and white clay

HARVEST
Beginning: September 7, End: October 8 – Manual picking only, by several sortings on botrytised berries. A minimum potential charge of 20% alcohol is required to start the harvest. Total pickings: 4. Main pickings: 2nd and 3rd

VINIFICATION
Fermentation: in oak barrels 90% new 10% from a first wine – lasts 3 to 6 weeks
Ageing: in barrels for 18 to 24 months

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

The bouquet is precise, the texture is sensual, the smoothness has a somewhat mineral tone ; Château Guiraud expresses elegant purity and aromatic refinement.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

James Suckling – 96-97 points

29 Apr, 2016 – This is really something. I have never tasted a Guiraud like this. This is full-bodied yet so fresh and incredibly crisp and lively. Spicy and energetic. Fantastic acidity!


Wine Enthusiast – 94-96 points

This wine is packed with dry botrytis flavor, but also a bright freshness. Together they give an obviously sweet wine good structure as well as ripeness. The tension between the fruit and the mineral texture will allow this wine to age for many years.


Wine Spectator – 95 points

Intense, with candied lemon peel, glazed yellow apple and honey notes streaming through, picking up mirabelle plum and papaya accents through the finish, which is carried by a buried racy streak. This has a good bright feel overall. Best from 2020 through 2040.


Wine Advocate – 94+ points

The lemon colored 2015 Guiraud features beautiful lime juice and lemon curd scents with paraffin and honeycomb nuances plus touches of chalk dust, ginger and candied peel. It has gorgeous tension in the mouth with tons of citrus, mineral and savory layers, finishing on a zesty note.

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