>> Saturday, 15 October 2011
Bunches of ripe grapes. Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Château Guiraud, Sauternes, Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Chateau Guiraud is in the appellation of Sauternes in Bordeaux. It produces luscious sweet white wine from grapes that have been affected by noble rot, the famed botrytis cinerea, which affects the grapes in the vineyard. When this rot comes late in the season, just before harvest, it is beneficial and causes the grapes to shrivel on the vine and become more concentrated. It can also attac the vines at other times and then it can cause great damage as 'grey rot'.
Chateau Guiraud is on the higher part of the Sauternes appellation, the plateau. It is neighbour to e.g. the Chateau d'Yquem. It is one of the bigger properties in the appellation with its 100 hectares, of which 85 ha are planted with vines. The vineyard is planted with the white grape varieties sémillon (65%) and sauvignon. The grapes are of course harvested by hand (the only option for a sweet white wine like this). At chateau Guiraud they use a lot of new oak barrels (barriques) for the aging and maturation.
The chateau building is modest in size and design (but not by any means small). However, it has a very impressive tree lined allée leading up to it.
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Bordeaux Sauternes Chateau Guiraud stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson