2014 Chateau Guiraud "G" Bordeaux Blanc Sec

SKU #1303662 90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The G de Guiraud 2014 has quite a complex bouquet with lively citrus fruit intermixed with sea cave scents. There is something almost marine-like here. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, appreciable weight in the mouth with light green apple and spice notes emerging toward the finish. This is how to do dry white Sauternes. (NM)  (4/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This is a live-wire version, with thyme and verbena notes leading off, followed by pure lemon zest and white peach accents. An herbal edge adds cut through the finish even as the fruit fans out a bit. (JM)  (3/2017)

90 points James Suckling

 Plenty of stone and dried-lemon aromas follow through to a full body and a very dry palate of bitter lemons and cooked apples.  (2/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 *Good Value* Sappy herbal notes, very creamy sweet oak. Bold, spicy, juicy and sleek. (RH)  (5/2016)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2017 | Send Email
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.
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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2017 | Send Email
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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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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France

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