Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
Originally known as La Maison Noble du Bayle, the Guiraud estate earned its name and its fame, when it was owned by the Guiraud family in late 1700's . The black label still in use today came from the the Guiraud family. The label, with its gold coat of arms logo, symbolizing their Protestant roots, is one of the oldest, original designs in the Bordeaux region and has essentially remained unchanged since it was originally designed.
Designated as an illustrious First-Growth during the 1855 classification, the estate is planted to 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, with a total of 100 hectares under vine. It is interesting to note that Chateau Guiraud maintains one of the highest percentages of Sauvignon Blanc in the Sauternes appellation. The terroir of Chateau Guiraud is a blend of sand, gravel, clay, limestone soils. On average the vines are close to 40 years of age. To produce the wine Chateau Guiraud, vinification takes place in new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 35% to 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of close to 24 months before bottling, depending on the character of the vintage.
Serve Guiraud Sauternes chilled with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Guiraud can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness. Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Guiraud. Have fun with it! Discover the charms and deliciousness of the 'nectar of the Gods.'
Wine SpectatorDelivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2014.
Wine EnthusiastTypical of the huge power of Guiraud, this is one of the richest Sauternes in 2005. The wine is rich and intense, the dry edge of botrytis just dominating the sweetness. Flavors of honey, almonds and peaches give the wine extra complexity.