Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes, FR, 1996

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A composed bouquet with marmalade, Clementine and touches of brown sugar emerging from the almost Barsac-like aromatic profile. The palate has a waxy texture, touches of spice and marmalade that segue into bitter lemon and bitter orange finish.

Originally known as La Maison Noble du Bayle, the estate earned its name, and its fame, when it was owned by the Guiraud family in 1766. At the time of the 1855 Classification, the wines were sold under the name of Chateau Bayle.

The black label still in use today came from the the Guiraud family. The label, with its gold coat of arms logo, symbolizing their Protestant roots, is one of the oldest, original designs in the Bordeaux region and has essentially remained unchanged since it was originally designed.

The first part of the modern era for the estates begins when it was purchased by Frank Narby in 1981. At the time of the purchase, the Narby family brought in Xavier Planty to manage the property.

The true modern era for the estate started in 2006 when Chateau Guiraud was purchased by a partnership formed by Robert Peugeot and three well-known Bordeaux winemakers and chateau owners, Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier, Stephan Von Neipperg who owns numerous St. Emilion properties including Canon La Gaffeliere, La Mondotte and Clos de lOratoire and Xavier Planty.

One of the first actions the new owners took was to remove the red wine grapes that were planted in the 1930’s from the vineyards. This was followed by a modernization of the cellars and winemaking equipment.

A new drainage system was installed in the vineyards as well. The vineyards also needed a lot of replanting to increase the vine density. As you can see, this was already becoming a very expensive proposition for the new owners.

In 2010, Chateau Guiraud registered the term BioViticulture. They did this because the estate is focusing on not only organic farming, but on a more global approach to sustainable viticulture. You’ll find similar practices at all the estates of Stephan von Neipperg.

Chateau Guiraud earned the coveted status of full Agence Bio (AB) organic certification starting with the 2011 vintage. All of these efforts and improvements have clearly increased the quality of the wine being made to at Chateau Guiraud. In 2018, with the help of chef Nicolas Lascombes, they opened La Chapelle de Guiraud, the leading restaurant in Sauternes.


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