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Chateau Guadet History, Overview
Chateau Guadet takes its name from the street where it is located. For those that like details, the actual street is named after Elie Guadet, who earned fame during the French Revolution.
Previously known as Chateau Guadet Saint Julien, the estate officially changed their name in 2005. The chateau is located in the heart of the Saint Emilion village at #4 Rue Guadet, not far from Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud at Valandraud.
The property is owned and managed by the Lignac family, who have remained in charge of the estate for 6 generations, starting in 1844.
Chateau Gaudet was one of the four, Saint Emilion chateaux to formally sue and contest the results of the 2006 St. Emilion Classification, as they were demoted. That lawsuit led to the court ordered decision to have a new St. Emilion classification in 2012.
Chateau Guadet returned to the classification system and earned the right to be a Grand Cru Classe in the 2012 St. Emilion Classification. The property remains a true family affair. Currently it is managed by Guy Petrus Lignac, who will be succeeded by his son, Vincent Petrus Lignac, who is already working at the property as the technical director.
Chateau Guadet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Vineyards, Winemaking
The small, 5.5 hectare Chateau Guadet vineyard is planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir of clay and limestone soils. On average, the are maintained at about 35 years of age.
The vineyard is located just east of the village, on the way to Montagne Saint Emilion. However, the actual winery is situated inside the village. The vineyard is managed using only organic farming methods.
To produce the wine, the grapes are whole berry fermented. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled, cement vats. The wine of Chateau Guadet is aged in an average of 50% new French oak barrels for 16 – 18 months.
The best vintages of Chateau Guadet are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau Guadet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Guadet is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Gaudet is best enjoyed in the first 4-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Guadet with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Guadet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Guadet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Guadet is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Guadet Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 18,208 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Ripe black plums and licorice define the wines nose. On the palate. you find a soft, ripe, silky, fresh, sweet layer of ripe cherries, coffee and kirsch with dusty tannins. 88-90 Pts
605 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2018||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, crisp red fruits, smoke, leafy herbs and olives for early drinking consumption. 88 Points
476 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium bodied, bright red berry, thyme and espresso filled wine for early drinking. 87-89 Pts
2,814 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The wine kicks off with juicy, fresh, sweet, ripe, red berries, flowers and stone. Medium bodied, with the ability to age and develop, the red berry and spicy pit fruit finish comes with length and vibrancy. 91 Points
953 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Supple textured, fresh, silky and quite tasty, the fruit is ripe, sweet, clean and shows a nice spicy component in the endnote. 91 Points
1,460 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing more depth than in previous vintages, this wine delivers supple textures and a spicy, smoky espresso and thyme-infused, red berry character. 90 Points
2,123 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, black cherry and espresso aromas with a round, medium bodied wine that ends with a sweet, but drying finish. 86-88 Pts
1,664 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From yields of 14 hectoliters per hectare, the blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc produced a black raspberry and oak-filled wine with surprisingly good density for the vintage. Clearly, this property is benefiting from the team of Stephane Derenoncourt. The property was certified biodynamic with the 2013 vintage. 86-88 Pts
1,617 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc showed a bit too much oak and over extraction, perhaps it will improve during the aging. 84-86 Pts
2,811 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2013
|2011||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light in color and fruit, the earthy, coffee and red berry filled wine is a little tart in the finish. This needs to be drunk in its youth. 83 Points
1,584 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2013
|2009||Château Guadet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Spice, stone, plums and licorice pair well with this medium bodied, soft textured, early drinking Bordeaux wine. 86 Points
2,101 Views Tasted May 5, 2013