Chateau Guiraud 2011- 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes- 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. After Yquem and Doisy-Védrines, the Château Guiraud 2011 seems a little muted on the nose, but that is not fair because it is well defined and very focused, gradually unfurling to reveal scents of honey, orange blossom and quince. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. This is a more understated Sauternes, harmonious and nonchalant in style, but don’t be fooled because there is great tension, delineation and poise on the finish, the fruit seamlessly bound with the new oak. This appears to have gained elegance and complexity in bottle, ergo my higher score.” Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
"Throughout its history, Chateau Guiraud has always maintained its INDEPENDANCE and traced its own route. The prevailing PIONNEER spirit led the property to create its own conservatory of grape varieties. In 1996, the team undertook a veritable cultural revolution by embarking on the study of BIODIVERSITY, and in 2011 Chateau Guiraud became the First Grand Cru Classé in 1855 to be awarded Organic Agriculture certification." Xavier Planty, Director and co-owner of Chateau Guiraud
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.
Château Guiraud got Organic Farming certification in early 2011 and has managed the vineyard using organic methods since 1996. 2011 is the first vintage to be certified as organic.
From: France, Bordeaux, Sauternes
Ageing: 18 months in oak barrels
Surface: 85 ha.
Density: 6600 plots/ ha
Age of the vines: 35-40 years
Blend: 65% sémillon, 35% sauvignon
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
Production in 2011: 48.000 bottles