Bought by the Guiraud family in 1766, this property was previously known as La Maison Noble du Bayle and, indeed, the wine was marketed as Château Bayle at the time of the 1855 classification of Bordeaux vineyards. Guiraud changed hands in 1981 then, more significantly, in 2006, when it became the property of shareholders Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier, Stefan von Niepperg (owner of a clutch of St Emilion chateaux) and Xavier Planty, previously Guiraud's manager. A program of modernisation was undertaken in the winery and vineyard and the vineyard was certified biodynamic in 2010. Guiraud's 128 hectares are planted to 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc.
"The Guiraud 1997 is clearly a step up from the previous two vintages: bursting forth with delectable wild honey and marmalade aromas that mingle with vanilla pod and peach skin. It has retained good vigor and remains vital – much more so than the 1996. The palate is well-balanced and fresh on the entry with crisp acidity cutting through the Seville orange marmalade and quince fruit. There is good weight on the finish and though there is not the complexity of later vintages, it continues to drink well." Neal Martin
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