A #Bordeaux tasting just isn’t complete without some Sauternes. Many people don’t realize that Bordeaux produces some pretty amazing white wines, and one of our favorite producers is Château Guiraud from #Sauternes. In addition to their sweet wines, they also produce a dry white wine — ‘Le G de Château Guiraud,’ that everyone at the tasting found to be delicious and refreshing. It’s at a great price-point, around $20. We also tasted two vintages of their grand vin, 1998 and 2008, in addition to their second wine, 2013 Petit Guiraud.
2015 Yquem, the world’s most famous sweet wine’s latest release. 2015 was one of the warmest years ever in Sauternes since back in 1897; that year, the Indian summer worked perfectly on the development of the Noble Rot, crucial to producing world class Sauternes. The harvest spread from September 3rd to October 21st and the wine spent a total of 21 months of aging in new oak barrels. The result is a very typical Yquem, with notes of acacia honey, the region’s signature, vanilla and caramel coming from the toasted barrels, and then a very tropical bouquet with cured pineapple, roasted mango, fresh passion fruit... the finish is fresh and so very very long with hints of orange marmelade. The palate is velvety and refreshing but the unfortunate truth is the surprisingly high level of sulfites used to stop the fermentation are still so very present at a young age. With around 300mg per liter of total SO2, I’ll happily wait for another 10 to 20 years to fully enjoy this nectar...
We had the pleasure to delight @ducotravelsummit guests with our #Assoluto during the gala dinner at Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence
During the Middle Ages, #ChateaudYquem belonged to the King of #England 🇬🇧 who was also Duke of Aquitaine at the time. In 1453, southwest #France was once again brought under the dominion of the French crown by Charles VII,and has stayed French ever since. In 1593, the family Sauvage, was given feudal tenure over Yquem and patiently planted the present-day #vineyard. In 1785, Françoise Joséphine de Sauvage d’Yquem married Count Louis Amédée de Lur-Saluces. Three years later, the count died after a riding accident. Widowed at only 20 years old, Joséphine found herself responsible for the family estate, and succesfully developed the reputation of Yquem #wine beyond the borders of the kingdom of France 🇫🇷. When she died in 1851, the Countess left her grandson with one of the most celebrated estates in #Bordeaux.