Château Guiraud wine is born of simplicity and proven methods.
This wine is aged for approximately 18 months in oak barrels specially selected for their contribution to the wine’s elegant manner and the immensity of the its soul. The bouquet is precise, the texture is sensual, the smoothness has a somewhat mineral tone ; Château Guiraud expresses elegant purity and aromatic refinement.
Blending: 65% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc
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.
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.
Fermentation: in oak barrels 90% new 10% from a first wine – lasts 3 to 6 weeks
Tasting note by Xavier Planty, co-owner and estate manager
“With a great yield, we have produced a powerful wine, very aromatic, that present a perfect alcohol-sugar-acid balance and an impressive purity of botrytis. The difference with 2009 is the cold temperature we had during august & september. These days and nights cold weather permit to preserve the aromatic precursor and the acidity of the berry. That is why Château Guiraud 2010 has a spectacular balance and freshness always reinforce by 35 % of sauvignon. It presents intense aromas, hawthorn flowers, fresh fruit, with a minty note which characterizes the vintage. The feeling in mouth is magnificent, soft, but robust. The tonic feeling of the botrytis is amplified by a great freshness. Mouth aromas strengthens up the nose: the botrytis now shows them crystallized, of great precision and purity. The aftertaste is long. The sugar power never gives heaviness: It is the magic of natural sugars sublimated by botrytis”
James Suckling – “Ripe lemon peel and orange. Some honey and vanilla with loads of new wood. Dense and very sweet on the palate with nice pure fruit and firm tannins from the oak that still needs time to soften. This Sauternes shows a wonderful fruit and excellent potential, but needs time.” (96 Pts)
Wine Spectator – “A thick, unctuous style, with marzipan, dried pineapple, mango and dried guava notes leading to a good bolt of toasted almond and pie crust on the finish. A muscular, well-stuffed version that will need some time to settle in. Best from 2015 through 2030.” (94 Pts)
Wine Enthusiast – “A closed up wine, although all the elements are there, promising great final balance, richness and power. ” (94 Pts)
Wine Advocate – “Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2010 is more Zen-like on the nose compared to the 2009 – more minerality coming through, tense and citric. The palate offers surprising viscosity on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. There is plenty of apricot and dried honey. It has a lovely caressing texture, although there is still some new oak to absorb on the vanilla-scented finish. This has great potential. Drink 2019-2035. Tasted April 2013.
” (93 Pts)