A promising white wine from Sauternes
Chateau Guiraud is a white wine, 1er Grand Cru, from the Sauternes appellation that covers 65.86 hectares. Originally produced from a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, the chateau has been certified organic since 2011. The vines planted are on average 25-30 years old. The terroir providing nutrients for the vines is typical of Sauternes with sand, clay and gravel.
Chateau Guiraud 2016 is extremely harmonious, and perfectly displays and respects the terroir from which it is produced. It is an authentic product that respects the brand and the consumer. The vintage is marked by its clearness, precision and homogeneity.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Château Guiraud, which had been already released onto the market by proprietor Xavier Planty when I visited, has a very refined bouquet this year: nicely poised with pure botrytised fruit, quite minerally and developing subtle white flower scents with time. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, orange rind and tangerine coming forth with a tang of stem ginger towards the long finish. It will require three or four years in bottle just to meld together, but there is great potential here.