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Bordeaux

Le Dauphin de Guiraud - Sauternes - Blanc 2005

Characteristics

  • Country / Region: Bordeaux
  • Vintage: 2005
  • Name: AOP Sauternes
  • Grape variety: 65% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon
  • Alcohol: 12 vol.
  • Color: White
  • Capacity: 75 cl

Wine: Sauternes is a magic liquor created by a remarkable phenomenon, the rot of the grapes, known as "noble rot". Château Guiraud is a Sauternes "Premier Cru Classé". Le Dauphin is the Château's second wine. The 2005 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, bird game. Hard or semi 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 received recognition by becoming a Sauternes "Premier Cru Classé" in the 1855 classification.