Le Dauphin de Guiraud - Sauternes - Blanc 2004
- Country / Region: Bordeaux
- Vintage: 2004
- Name: AOP Sauternes
- Grape variety: 65% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon
- Alcohol: 12 vol.
- Color: White
- Capacity: 75 cl
Wine: Sauternes is a magic liquor created from a remarkable phenomenon, the rot of the grapes, known as "noble rot". Château Guiraud is a Sauternes "Premier Crus Classé". Le Dauphin is the Château's second wine. The 2004 vintage is the perfect embodiment of what a great Sauternes is all about, in an affordable format.
Vinification: Hand harvested by successive sorting and picking of the botrytis-affected grapes, traditional vinification, the fermentation, lasting from 3 weeks to 2 months, takes place in new barrels, a third of which are renewed each year. Aging for 18 to 24 months in oak casks.
Color: bright, deep, yellow colour.
Nose: Intense and well developed on the nose, slight oaky, vanilla aromas, rich fruity notes (pear, lime, raisins), and aromas evoking acacia- type flowers.
Palate: Dense and concentrated on the palate, ripe fruit and honey notes.
Temperature: Serve between 11 and 13°C.
Food and wine pairing: Foie Gras, uncooked or half cooked, accompanied by a candied fig, fish in white sauces, sole, turbot, lobster. White meat, casseroled chicken, poultry, feathered game. Hard cheeses: mature Comté, mature Mimolette, Parmesan. Poached pear, apple tart, etc.
Cellar aging: Enjoy up to and including 2030
Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux "négociant", acquired the Château in 1766. Almost a century later, Guiraud was set apart in the 1855 classification by becoming a Sauternes "Premier Cru Classé".