When Moxie and I booked our trip to Bordeaux I wanted to visit Sauternes- so I looked up my favorites from the past and decided that Guiraud was going to be it. Unlike many others in the region, they are open on Saturdays, which was the only day we were free. Overcast skies and winter vegetation could not detract from the inherent beauty of this organically farmed estate. Our guide was awesome and very informative. We toured the cellars and grounds with a glass of their dry white in hand- the ‘G’ was spectacular. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, it had excellent acidity, balance and length with delicious flavors and aromas that made Moxie claim it to be her favorite dry white ever. A big statement indeed.
Our tour took us to the tasting room where we tried the Petite and Grand vins from several vintages. I savored every drop of these stunningly delicious dessert wines and compared the nuances of each vintage. The 2014 was my favorite as it was very precise with a freshness that was not evident in the older vintages. The 1998 was liquid gold, rich and laden with tertiary notes that one hopes for in cellared wines. The 2005 was in between- showing some youth whilst taking on a smoky note that was very interesting. I love these wines and purchased two more vintages for my cellar. Look out for tasting notes in the future! Overall- this is a must visit winery if you are in the region where you will be warmly greeted and treated to spectacular wines. Salut….