Chateau Guiraud one of Bordeaux's best Sauternes value and their rare dry white- This Week's Menu at the Wine Bar
“Let’s have some wine, go upstairs, and look at my money.”
- David Letterman
We have two SOLD OUT events this week and the Wine Bar is only open on Thursday and Saturday night with our biggest tasting of the year the “Best of 2018” event on Friday taking up all the tables at the Wine Bar. Saturday night we have a few spaces left for our vintage Madeira tasting and I have included the menu for Thursday and Saturday night at the end of this offering.
There are a lot of great events coming up over the next few months but most of our events are small so you want to reserve early if you see something you want to attend on the Wine Watch calendar of events. We only have 8 tables at the Wine Bar so if you want a table its a good idea to let us know your coming, we only take one reservation per table each night.
The first wine on today’s offering is such a great value that you don’t need piles of money and to think it is made by a historic 105-hectare estate located close by to the famous Chateau D'Yquem. All of the great sweet wine producer of Sauternes make a small amount of dry whites and they are all simply named with the first letter of the chateau.
G de Guiraud is a dry white wine from the region of Sauternes and because the AOC requires that any wine with Sauternes on the label must be sweet to the tune of 120 grams per liter, the only thing they can call these unique dry wines of the Sauternes region is simply Bordeaux Blanc. These are some of the most distinct whites made with the Semillon varietal and although this 2017 vintage “G” not a wine that I would age for a long time these wines can be deceiving as these seemingly entry level bottlings for under $20 a bottle can age for up to a decade in the cellar.
Excellent Dry White from Sauternes!!
2017 G Chateau Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc
Price: $20.75 Sale Price: $17.75
Quantity in Stock: 120
A blend of 50/50 Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc they have specific parcels in the vineyard that are dedicated to making this dry wine. Bright ripe melon, peach and pink grapefruit citrus fruit on the nose with notes of mineral and white flowers. A rich but savory character to the palate with a good amount of peach and quince fruit along with a gravelly mineral nuance, a fresh lively finish with that mineral character giving length and distinction. A great introduction to the dry whites of Sauternes! Finish 40+ Excellent
(90-93 points) Lively, featuring white peach, lemon zest and thyme notes zipping along. Very pretty, with a refreshing finish. – JM Wine Spectator, January 2018
One of the Greatest Values in the World of Sauternes
2008 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ml)
Price: $35.00 Your Price: $30.80 Quantity in Stock: 24
(93 Points) Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. It is clear that the aromatics on the 2008 are a little simpler and more straightforward than the 2007 with honeysuckle, jasmine and mango scents emerging with time. The palate is ripe and precise on the entry with well-integrated oak that is in sync with the lemon curd and apricot fruit. There is a lovely sweetness on the finish with a hint of spice lingering in the mouth. As I wrote last year – sublime. Drink 2017-2030+. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
1998 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes
Price: $69.00 Your Price: $60.72 Quantity in Stock: 12
(90 points) The 1998 Château Guiraud is lovely and quite promising, though still showing a bit of youthful acetone in the upper register in the complex bouquet of lemon oil, dried orange, honey, complex herbal tones and a stylish framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and shows nice notes of herbal complexity, with a lovely core of pure fruit, fine cut and very good length and grip on the complex finish. A very fine bottle of Guiraud in its unique and own compelling style. (9/2009) John Gilman
A bit about Chateau Guiraud:
The " Noble House of Bayle " used to be estate's name when it belonged to the Mons Saint-Poly family. A notarial deed dated 22 February 1766 reveals that Pierre Guiraud, a Bordeaux merchant of Protestant faith, bought it for 53,000 livres.
On his death in 1799 his son Louis succeeded him. It was under Louis Guiraud that the estate was saved from a severe devaluation which had begun in 1793, becoming a famous château well known for its wine.
On his death in 1837, his son Pierre-Aman inherited a well-established property, with a value estimated at 250,00 livres.
Within 80 years and three generations, various families succeeded each other as owners of the estate. The legend was born in1855 when Château Guiraud became a Premier Grand Cru de Sauternes.
During a dinner in early 2006, Robert Peugeot, an industrialist, and three wine makers, Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier, Stephan Von Neipperg of Château Canon La Gaffelière and Xavier Planty, the estate's director, decided to buy Guiraud. They signed a purchase contract on 20 July 2006 thereby uniting their shared passion for wine, gastronomy, nature and hunting.
45 km south from Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne river, Château Guiraud extends over 128 hectares. The whole estate is located in the village of Sauternes which is quite remarkable.
A bit about the Sauternes region of Bordeaux
The wines of Sauternes and the neighboring district of Barsac were, up until recently, called the "dinosaurs of Bordeaux." This reference to the majestical creatures that once roamed and ruled the earth is somehow appropriate. These luscious, decadently rich sweet wines are the world's most exotic and at one time were the world's most expensive and most desired. After the Second World War, staggering costs and slackening demand threatened the vignerons with extinction of the prized nectar. Then in the 1980's the pendulum at last begun to swing the other way; and beginning with the great 1983 vintage (the best since 1976 and 1967), there was a renewed interest and demand for this great wine. This has sparked an unfortunate increase in prices, -The Wine Spectator reported in the fall of 1990 that wine merchants and collectors were lining up to pay as much as $230 a bottle for the first release of the 1986 Château d'Yquem. The auction market for these wines also began to heat up - older, prized vintages of Château d'Yquem began to double in price. In 1989 at Christie's first West Coast auction, a rare 1811 Château d'Yquem (from the famed comet vintage) sold for an astronomical $18,000!!
The fame of Sauternes reaches back at least to the time when Thomas Jefferson visited the area in 1785 and ordered a few cases of Château d'Yquem - in Jefferson's day d'Yquem was also the region's non-pareil Château. When the great wines of Bordeaux were classified seventy years later, d'Yquem was so highly regarded that it was accorded the unique status of Grand Premier Cru - a higher classification than the great Médoc clarets like Lafite and Latour etc. It is a little known fact that the wine Jefferson ordered was quite dry; in fact the first sweet wine from this district was not made until the 1847 harvest at d'Yquem. However, it did not take long for these wines to achieve fame, for in that era sweet wines (Champagne was a sweet beverage then) were very fashionable. D'Yquem's first sweet wine vintage gained tremendous notoriety when the Grand Duke Constantine of Russia paid the then staggering price of 20,000 gold francs for four barrels; ever since it has been one of the most expensive wines of the world.
The process by which these great wines come about is fascinating and one of the examples of how nature can play topsy-turvy tricks and make decay a very beneficial rather than a harmful phenomenon. In the fall, under certain conditions, (misty mornings and sunny afternoons) a mold forms on the skin of the exceedingly ripe grapes that are left on the vines. The mold's technical term is botrytis cinerea; the vignerons refer to it as the "noble mold". It often envelopes a grape and feeds on it by sending spike-like tentacles through the skin. It rapidly shrivels the grapes and leaves their skins mere pulp. The remaining juice is extremely sweet, concentrated, and packed with glycerine. The particular conditions for serious onset of the "noble mold" occur only several times in a decade; and often the mold attacks unevenly, so the vines have to be picked over several times. (Picking is done as many as thirteen times at d'Yquem!) Sometimes growers lose patience and pick before the mold takes hold (for fear of a rain-out); the resulting wine is sweet, but it does not have that concentration that results from the shrinkage of the grapes from the mold. The great difficulty and expense of producing these wines in tandem with a great lack of demand after the Second World War discouraged many proprietors; during the post war period, d'Yquem stood almost alone in maintaining the great standards of the past.
Wine Bar Menu for Thursday, January 17th – Saturday, January 19th
White Truffle Oil & Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries
Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries
Veggie Pizza: Baby Bell Peppers, Spinach, Cremini Mushrooms, Bermuda Onion & Mozzarella finished with Pesto drizzle
BLTC Pizza: Crispy Thick Applewood Bacon, Baby Heirloom Tomato Confit & Cheddar finished with Harpke Farms Micro Greens & Meyer Lemon Aioli
Beef Sliders with Truffle Mushroom Aioli & Gruyere Cheese on Brioche Buns
Grilled Romaine Wedge: Creamy Stilton Dressing, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Crispy Prosciutto Chips & Warm Polenta Bacon Croutons
Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Cheesy Ciabatta Croutons
Sesame Seared Tuna Tartine with Warm Asian Slaw and Spicy Honey Ginger Crema
Crunchy Suckling Pig Mini Tacos with Green Tomato Pico de Gallo, Avocado Butter & Fresh Jalapeno (6/order)
Sweet Onion Crusted Yellowtail Snapper with Gaufrette Potatoes finished with Madeira Buerre Blanc
Crispy Seared Sous Vide Duck Breast with Currant Cabernet Demi & Crème Fraiche Mash
West Indian Lamb Curry served over Buttered Basmati Rice
Beef Bolognese Tagliani Pasta with Parmesan Toast
Short Rib Shepherds Pie: Truffle Mash, Sautéed Cremini Mushroom & Baby Bell Peppers, Red Wine Demi
Dulce De Leche Flan with Currant Biscotti
Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee with Blackberry Syrup
Canelés De Bordeaux with Pineapple Sauternes Jam
Charcuterie and Cheese Selections
$6/1 ounce Serving
Prosciutto di San Daniele
Solera Chorizo - Spicy
Coppa Spicy- Bellantani
Coppa Sweet- Bellentani
Bresaola- Italian Dried Beef
Truffle Salami - Vincenza’s
$6/1 ounce Serving
Gorgonzola-Triple Dolce-Cinque Stelle
Turtle Creek Chevre Goat
Little Hosmer-Super Soft Ripened Brie
Harbison Brie-Super Soft Ripened wrapped in Spruce Bark
Weybridge Camembert Triple Cream Ripened
OMA- Soft Ripe Wash Rind
Winey Goat- Creamy & Mild Goats Milk Bathed in Red Wine
Usi Lussi -Semi Soft Ripened
ALPS Blossom-Herb & Flower Crusted Cheddar
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar- 14 Month Aged
Manchego- Raw 12 Month Aged-Sheeps Milk
Reggiano Parmesan Aged 24 Months
Pecorino Romano-Aged 18 Months
OG Kristal Gouda
Wine By the Glass
NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $12.75
2004 Krug Vintage Brut Champagne
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $95.00
2015 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc Paso Robles Adelaida
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $8.50
2013 Hartwell Sauvignon Blanc Napa
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $12.75
2017 Penfolds Chardonnay Max's Cuvee South Australia
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.00
2016 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma
(7 Ounce Pour Price: $12.50
2011 Samsara Syrah Melville Vineyard Santa Rita Hills
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $17.25
2014 Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Napa
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $15
2010 Prunotto Barolo Bussia
(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $27.50
Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Savannah Verdelho
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50
Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Charleston Sercial
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50
Rare Wine Co. Historic Series New York Malmsey Madeira
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50
1920 Cossart Malmsey Madeira
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $115
1908 D'Oliveiras Bual Madeira
(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $89.00
2013 Ramos Pinto LBV
(3 Ounce Pour) Price: $8.50