Clos Guirouilh Press

From Wine & Spirits

90 Points
Clos Guirouilh 2012 Jurancon
Joshua Greene, June 2018

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Bright and lively, this feels vivid, the sweet fruit-salad flavors pinging off a vibrant, tangy acidity. It’s not complex but it is addictive, clean and light enough to pair with savory foods like cheese or pâté.

94 Points
Clos Guirouilh 2011 Jurancon Petit Cuyalaa
Joshua Greene, June 2018

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Jean Guirouilh is the fourth generation to run this estate, covering 25 acres in the higher elevations of Jurançon. This wine comes from a small, terraced vineyard planted entirely to petit manseng, the vines 20 to 60 years old. Left to ripen late in the fall, the fruit is picked when it’s raisined; what little sugar-rich juice comes out after pressing is left to ferment spontaneously in barrels, where it spends nearly three years. Now, after several more years of aging in bottle, it’s a shimmering gold, deep and heady with the scent of a fruit cellar filled with autumn apples. The flavors are brighter, like waxed lemons, clementines and a hint of chamomile tea. The insistent acidity keeps the wine clean, and suggests this could stand up to a chicken-liver terrine.

92 Points
Clos Guirouilh 2015 Jurancon Sec
Joshua Greene, June 2018

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This is a mouthwatering white, as round and juicy as a peach. It comes off old vines on a slope that rises 1,000 feet in elevation, where dry, warm winds keep the grapes clean as they ripen well into the fall. Vinified in stainless steel, the wine rings out with clarity, ending dry but with a fruit sweetness that directs it toward a sheep’s milk cheese.