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2019 Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc Sec
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- Cellar Drink Now - 5 years (2020-2025)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
A certified organic Bordeaux blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon fermented in old Sauternes oak barrels and aged for 7 months on lees to give the wine more volume and textural appeal. The fruit is primarily sourced from a vineyard that was planted to Sauvignon Blanc by accident around 40 years ago. (For their Sauternes, Guiraud were after a Semillon-heavy cuvee - too much Sauvignon Blanc was not considered the right balance for a sweet wine). Instead of selling off the Sauvignon or re-planting, Guiraud decided to create a special dry white and the “G” was born.
Textured, intensely flavoured and possessing lots of energy this is an excellent example of dry white Bordeaux.
Brilliant very pale straw colour with a light tinge of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Aromas of lime and green apples have a herbaceous grassy overlay with light pencil shavings, citrus and asparagus in the background. Showing excellent intensity the palate is filled with herbaceous gooseberry, pear and lime fruits which over shadow subtle notions of pencil shavings, citrus and grassy asparagus characters. There’s good volume in the mouth with a nicely rounded mid palate feel. Finishes dry and fresh with crisp acidity and a long textured aftertaste that has a lick of spice to it.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
This is a dense, waxy white with sliced dried-apple and lemon character, as well as stone and white peaches. It’s full-bodied, flavorful and rich. I like the spicy finish at the end from the semillon. Really excellent. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.