Chateau Guiraud

Chateau Guiraud

Chateau Guiraud is a large Sauternes property that is the only 1er Cru Classé, with the exception of its illustrious neighbour Chateau d`Yquem, that is located within the commune of Sauternes itself. Guiraud was owned for a short period by the Maxwell family, who invested heavily in the property, although the wines remained fairly pedestrian. In 1981 it was acquired by a Canadian, Hamilton Narby, and he has transformed Guiraud into one of the very finest Sauternes properties.

Guiraud's 85 hectares of vineyards are located on one of the hills above the village of Sauternes. They are planted with 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, and the grapes ripen very early at Guiraud and undergo tremendous natural concentration due to the effects of "noble rot" (botrytis). The grapes are harvested in "tries" and the juice is then fermented in oak barrels. The wine is then aged in oak casks (50% new) for 2 years.

Guiraud is 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.

Chateau Guiraud - 2006

White, Sweet (65% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc)

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