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Le G de Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc 2013

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Estate History: "Chateau Guiraud was first known as the "Maison Noble du Bayle" before it was purchased by Pierre Guiraud in 1766. In 1799, Pierre bequeathed the estate to this son Louis, who would become the main figure to bring Chateau Guiraud to the level of prestige it possesses today. Louis knew how to make first-growth quality Sauternes. Due to poor planning by Louis, his son Pierre-Aman was forced to sell the estate in 1846. Since then, the estate has changed hands seven times, but not before being classified as "1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes" in 1855. Today the cellar is run by the eternally-cool Xavier Planty who has been producing top Sauternes for nearly 25 years." - Importer Vines: ""Le G" comes from a plot of 15 hectares located not far from the estate's Sauternes vines. As one would expect, these grapes are harvested before those of the Sauternes since "Le G" is a dry wine and the noble rot of the Sauternes, known as Botrytis, is not desired. The soils found in the various sectors of the 15 hectares include sand and gravel top-layers covering layers of red clay, limestone, fossilized oyster beds and white clay." - Importer Cellar: "All of "Le G" is barrel-fermented in barrels that were used for two vintages with the Sauternes. Batonage occurs over the course of the 6 to 9 month aging period in these Sauternes-enriched barrels. No malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur." - Importer

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Château Guiraud:
" La Maison Noble du Bayle ", first name of Château Guiraud was owned by de Mons de Saint Poly family. On February 1766, the 22nd Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux protestant merchant, buys it for 53.000 livres. When he dies in 1799, he hands it down to his son Louis who will make a great estate out of Bayle, and above all a great growth, saving it from the devaluation where it has been since 1793.... Read more
" La Maison Noble du Bayle ", first name of Château Guiraud was owned by de Mons de Saint Poly family. On February 1766, the 22nd Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux protestant merchant, buys it for 53.000 livres. When he dies in 1799, he hands it down to his son Louis who will make a great estate out of Bayle, and above all a great growth, saving it from the devaluation where it has been since 1793. In 1837, the estate he bequeaths to his son Louis Aman is worth 250.000 francs. With this last succession, Bayle leaves Guiraud family while its value has been multiplied by three in less than 40 years. Within 80 years and three generations, Guiraud had become a prestigious growth, recognized in 1855 as a first growth by the imperial classification. July 20th 2006, Château Guiraud was purchased by four personalities: an industrial, Robert Peugeot and three wine makers, Olivier Bernard, Stephan Von Neipperg and Xavier Planty. The meeting of these four men during a dinner in Paris was the founding event of the new team. A shared passion for wines, gastronomy, nature, hunting... this « art de vivre » made them agree very quickly on the quality and the philosophy of he growth. Guiraud is thus in good hands for some time to come. Read less

Estate History: "Chateau Guiraud was first known as the "Maison Noble du Bayle" before it was purchased by Pierre Guiraud in 1766. In 1799, Pierre bequeathed the estate to this son Louis, who would become the main figure to bring Chateau Guiraud to the level of prestige it possesses today. Louis knew how to make first-growth quality Sauternes. Due to poor planning by Louis, his son Pierre-Aman was forced to sell the estate in 1846. Since then, the estate has changed hands seven times, but not before being classified as "1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes" in 1855. Today the cellar is run by the eternally-cool Xavier Planty who has been producing top Sauternes for nearly 25 years." - Importer Vines: ""Le G" comes from a plot of 15 hectares located not far from the estate's Sauternes vines. As one would expect, these grapes are harvested before those of the Sauternes since "Le G" is a dry wine and the noble rot of the Sauternes, known as Botrytis, is not desired. The soils found in the various sectors of the 15 hectares include sand and gravel top-layers covering layers of red clay, limestone, fossilized oyster beds and white clay." - Importer Cellar: "All of "Le G" is barrel-fermented in barrels that were used for two vintages with the Sauternes. Batonage occurs over the course of the 6 to 9 month aging period in these Sauternes-enriched barrels. No malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur." - Importer

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