Château Guiraud

WHY BUY IT ?

  • First classified growth of the 1855 classification
  • Neighbor of château d’Yquem
  • Respect of the vineyard
  • Many shortage of the grapes: up to 6!
  • Organic wine
  • A wine always apreciated by the press
The history of Château Guiraud bring back to its first name « noble house of Bayle ». At that time, the estate was the ownership of the Mons de Saint Poly Family. February 22nd 1766, Pierre Guiraud, Bordeaux wine trader, buys the estate. In 80 years and three generations, the estate became a great wine when it was ranked as a Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855. The estate is located in the township of Sauternes between the church bell and the vines of Château d’Yquem. July 20th 2006, Château Guiraud is bought by four personalities: Robert Peugeot and three wine makers: Olivier Bernard, Stephan Von Neipperg and Xavier Planty. The meet of these two personalities during a dinner at Paris, is the event that launched the new team. The share of wine passion, gastronomy, nature and hunting, made them agree on the quality and philosophy of the cru.
The vineyard of Château Guiraud is 100 hectares big within 15 used for the production of the dry wine G de Guiraud. The soil of château Guiraud is composed of 80% of gravel and sandy soil and 20% of gravel and clay. The sub-soils are mostly composed of sand. The two grape varieties are the Sauvignon (35%) and the Sémillon (65%). The particularity of the estate is that the percentage of Sauvignon is 35% when all the other estates of Sauternes are around 15%. The production is 6666 vines per hectare. The average age of the vineyard is 35-40 years. Roughly, a hectare of vine produces 12 hectolitres of Guiraud. The harvest is done manually and the shortage of the grapes can be done 6 times! The Château Guiraud is an organic wine since 2011 but the estate has been experiencing it since 1996. It is the first Premiers Crus of 1855 to do so. In this way the vineyard is held specifically: the grass is left in between the vines, tillage of the soil, pruning, system of trellising, leaf thinning, etc. The fermentation is done in 90% of new wooden barrels and 10% of barrels of a wine for 2 to 3 months. The ageing is also done in barrels on the lees for 18 to 24 months. A racking is done every 3 months.
For the tasting, Château Guiraud is offering a wine typic of the Sauternes appellation.

Their Team

Owner : Robert PEUGEOT, Olivier BERNARD, Stephan VON NEIPPERG and Xavier PLANTY
Manager: Xavier PLANTY
Master Cellar: Xavier PLANTY
Œnologist : Xavier PLANTY