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CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD

1er Grand Cru classé Sauternes 1996

Bordeaux
Size: Bottle

"One of the stars of the vintage for 1996 Sauternes" Robert Parker

$580

Tasting Notes

"One of the stars of the vintage for Sauternes, the 1996 Guiraud offers a sumptuous nose of tangerine fruit intermixed with caramel and buttered corn. The wine displays a deep golden color, and striking flavors of Chinese black tea, marmalade, honey, and citrus. The powerful yet elegant flavors remain in the mouth for a significant period of time. While this wine is traditionally a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon, Xavier Plantey, the estate's manager, told me that there is nearly 45% Sauvignon Blanc in the final blend of the 1996." Robert Parker
Country
France
Style
Grape
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Region
Bordeaux
Vintage
1996
Appellation
Sauternes
Producer
CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD
bottle size
Bottle
Classification
None
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CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD

Classified in 1953, the cru was named after the Tower in the interior courtyard, the only remains of a small fort constructed in the XIIth century by their Montesquieu ancestors. The estate attracted the attention of Edouard Kressmann as soon as his company was founded in 1871 and he advised the owners on vineyard management for a number of years, including grafting and planting parcels by varietal. His eldest son Alfred bought the Château in 1930. With his son Jean, they designed a label for the family’s new Cru wine. They were inspired by the Art Deco movement, which was very much in fashion at the time, to create the famous « gold and sandy stripes » design that still adorns the wine today.

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