Pierre Guiraud, a protestant merchant, buys Bayle in 1766. Since that time the property has borne the name Chateau Guiraud and proudly displays a black label that sacralizes the family's Protestant and Republican values. 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, known world wide for the esteemed 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 character in the automobile industry.
Château Guiraud has been Organic Farming certified since early 2011 and has managed the vineyard using organic methods since 1996. 2014 is the 4th vintage as certified organic. The soils are composed of 80% sandy gravel and 20% of clay gravel. The vines are on average between 10 and 15 years old. Harvest begins mid-September and ends in late October. Manual Harvest.
Fermentation occurs 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.