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    2 691
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

The annual production for the first growth is about 100.000 bottles. Some really bad years (1991 and 1993) No classified growth has been produced.The first growth is produced from a 85ha of Sauternes appellation vines.

Only Semillon (65%) and Sauvignon (35%) are planted at Guiraud with a pruning "à cots" or "in fan" for the Semillons and long branches for the Sauvignons. The density of plantation is 6660 vine per ha (Root stock Riparia 33 09, 101 14,161 49). The average age of the vines is 35-40 years. The average yield is 12hl/ha. The maximum yield allowed by the appellation is 25hl/ha.

Harvest is only done hand picking by successive waves through the vineyard (2 to 7 selections), picking only the botrytised berries. A minimum of potential alcohol (20°) must be reached before starting the harvest. The fermentation is made in new oak barrels over a period of three weeks to two months. Different batches are fermentated until they reach their own equilibrium which depends upon their selection. Chaptalisation, cryoextraction and any other techniques used to enrich the wine are absolutely prohibited. The aging in barrels lasts 24 months.

 

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Tasting note

color

Medium and Gold

flavors

Cranberry, Licorice, Apricot, Waxy, Honey and Citrus

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Fresh, Full and Jammy

Verdict

Sophisticated and Excellent

Written Notes

Bright golden colour. Aromatic nose reminiscent of honey, ripe apricots and peaches, vanilla and discreet spiciness. On the palate well structured with elegant sweetness, elegant acidity and fresh finish with well balanced sweetness.
  • 94p
Medium pale colour. Floral, beeswax marzipan honeyed aromas. Crystalised grapefruit, tonic water dried apricot, honey flavours, lovely silky viscosity, underlying savoury vanillin oak and superb mineral length. Touch of al dente, gives attractive bitterness and depth. Lovely wine with beautiful persistency of flavour. Lovely balance of botrytis and fruit. 97 points
  • 97p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is gold and medium. The taste is full, fresh, fat, and average in acidity and with balanced structure. On the palate it is layered and has honey, licorice, citrus, cranberry, dried-fruit, tropical fruits, waxy and apricot flavours. This wine is sophisticated and excellent.
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  • 90p

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Origin

Sauternes, Bordeaux

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