Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe 2009  £69.95

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As early as 1766 Château Guiraud, breaking with cultural traditions, proclaiming its political difference, and on a constant quest for prestige, was already juggling between anti-conformism and innovation. The Guiraud family of merchants, founders of the modern estate, built up an atmosphere of mystery around Château Guiraud. The Protestant chapel was a proclamation of the family’s religious beliefs and their faith at a time when all around them looked towards Rome. Since that time the property has borne the name Chateau Guiraud and displays a black label that sacralizes the family's Protestant and Republican values. This black label is one of the oldest in the Bordeaux region and has remained unchanged since its creation. Within three generations the property was to become a prestigious Grand Cru, being consecrated Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855 in the classification ordered by Emperor Napoleon III.

Château Guiraud got Organic Farming certification in early 2011 and has managed the vineyard using organic methods since 1996. Manual picking only, by several sortings on botrytised berries. A minimum potential charge of 20% alcohol is required to start the harvest.

This vintage is simply extraordinary. With a beautiful yield, we have produced a powerful wine, very aromatic, that presents a perfect alcohol-sugar-acidity balance and an impressive purity of botrytis. The 35% sauvignon Guiraud speaks again and makes this wine a brilliant freshness and aerial sugars. In the mouth, we find the pink grapefruit, lemon confit, notes of apricot, and opulence supported by very roasted botrytis. An impeccable picking allows a wide definition of the growth and obvious representation of the terroir of Guiraud; wine tight, straight and pure.

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