Bordeaux has taken over. Between last weekend's Fête du Bordeaux at San Francisco's One Market, our in-store tastings last Saturday and the upcoming Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) tasting at the Palace Hotel on Sunday, January 21, it's all we can think and talk about. So it seems only fitting that our Wine of the Week would be from Bordeaux. That said, I did declare January to be "Digestivo" month, so we're looking to the sweeter side of Bordeaux for the week's featured wine: Sauternes.
The $25 2007 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml) comes from the most famous appellation in all the world for sweet wines, long ago eclipsing Hungarian Tokaji. It is ocated in the Graves district of Bordeaux, about 25 miles southeast of the region's namesake city. Made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon infected with the noble rot, botrytis cinera, which causes the grapes to shrivel and all the sugars and flavors to concentrate.
The Grand Cru Guiraud quickly eliminates any question about the quality of the 2007 stickies, with its exuberant tangerine and summer peach-inflected nose, tropical fruit kissed palate and honeyed citrus finish. Balanced, refined and, according to K&L's Bordeaux buyer and co-owner Clyde Beffa Jr., better than their 2005. Vibrant now, this spectacular after-dinner drink, which would go exceptionally well with a cheese plate with some extra funky cheeses, it would benefit from another year or two in your cellar at least.