2014 Chateau Guiraud "G" Bordeaux Blanc Sec SKU #1303662


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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    From my understanding, the pioneer of “dry Sauternes” was a man named Paul César Rival, owner of the famed Château Guiraud from 1932 until 1981 when he sold the estate in his old age. According to Clive Coates, Rival was a bit of a jerk and an eccentric—conceited and arrogant, but also driven by modernity. His true passion was apparently flying and he was the first winemaker in Bordeaux to put an airstrip next to his vineyard. Legend has it he once built his own plane from a DIY kit and crashed it directly into the vineyards at nearby Château d’Yquem. While that little escapade didn’t go over all that well with his neighbors, Rival’s interest in technology did result in a few positive wine-related developments. He helped to bring motorized tractors into the vineyard in place of animal-drawn carts and he also created the Château Guiraud “G” expression, the forefather of a future dry Sauternes movement. They say necessity is the mother of invention and it’s believed that, after planting too many sauvignon blanc vines, the dry wine of Guiraud was initially the result of extra produce. The delicious 2014 "G" beautifully demonstrates the merit of dry Sauternes at a very reasonable sub-$20 price point. With stone fruit and spice on the palate, the wine has both texture and charm, finishing with a clean acidity and bit more heft than your standard sauvignon blanc. While the trend may have begun with Guiraud, many of the top estates like Yquem, Doisy-Daene, Rayne, Suiduiraut, and Rieussec are now being recognized for their dry Sauternes (and have followed suit with the single letter namesakes). Because there is no official appellation for the wines, they’re typically bottled as general Bordeaux Blanc, but perhaps in time—as the appreciation for these wines continues to grow—we’ll see a greater recognition.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    We finally are able to carry this wonderful dry white wine. Guiraud is our biggest selling Sauternes and this dry 2014 is perfect for summertime parties. 2014 dry whites from Bordeaux are exceptional as they have the richness of the 2012s with the great acidity of the 2013s. Green apple spices and a very smooth finish will delight your palate.
    Drink from 2017 to 2019
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    What an absolutely delightful and refreshing white wine. From the Sauterne house of Guiraud comes a wonderful dry white using 69% Sav Blanc and 31% Semillon. The wine is light and crisp, very clean with a little touch of salinity and excellent driving acid. Bordeaux blanc wines are often overlooked but for those looking for an excellent summer food and party wine this should definitely make the list.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Some of the most exciting dry white wines from Bordeaux these days are made by chateaus in Sauternes and Barsac whose reputation is based on the production of sweet wines. Of course, the same grapes that yield those remarkably rich, unctuously sweet wines – Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc – can also be put to use making dry, crisp, mineral-driven whites of astonishing complexity. 2014 was an exceptional vintage for dry whites in Bordeaux, quality that is readily apparent in this 2014 Chateau Guiraud "G" Bordeaux Bordeaux Blanc Sec. From one of the top producers in Sauternes, this blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon is quite dry in style. Taut, mineral-driven, with admirable intensity, it nonetheless offers plenty of ripe stone fruits. Barrel aging adds a bit of texture. If you have enjoyed Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or from the Loire Valley, then you owe it to yourself to try a white Bordeaux.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    The Guiraud "G" is a wine for a few more years in the cellars. It has a seriousness about it that goes beyond the delicious citrusy and peaches notes. Perhaps it is due to the lees stirring and barrel aging. It has the richness of a wine made with very ripe grapes, but is it never heavy, and it's completely dry.


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