It is Pierre Guiraud, a protestant merchant, who buys Bayle in 1766 and will give it his name. Today, four personalities united to take over Guiraud, 1er cru classé 1855. Xavier Planty who is fascinated by botrytis and its action on the grapes. Olivier Bernard, world wide known for the rigor of Domaine de Chevalier white wines. Stephan Von Neipperg, owner of Château Canon la Gaffelière and La Mondotte, is the most beautiful « success story » of saint Emilion and Robert Peugeot, a famous industrial.
Château Guiraud got Organic Farming certification in early 2011 and has managed the vineyard using organic methods since 1996. 2014 is the 4th vintage to be certified as organic. The soils are sandy gravels at 80% and 20% of clay gravels. The vines are 25 to 30 years old for the first wine of the Chateau. The harvest begins midSeptember and ends at the end of October. Manual picking only with a minimum potential charge of 20% alcohol.
The fermentation is done in oak barrels, 90% in new and 10% from a first wine. The wines is then aged in oak barrels between for 18 to 24 months.
The Château Guiraud has a perfumed bouquet with clear honey, beeswax and honeysuckle aromas that are well defined. The palate is fresh and taut on the entry: good tension and focus here, very harmonious with a gently build in the mouth towards a satisfying marmalade and quince-driven finish. This is a finely crafted Guiraud that will be a class act.
Great with foie gras, shellfish, lobster and crab. Also can be paired with roasted chicken or spicy asian cuisine. Nice to pair with hard and soft cheeses.