Something about Gruaud Larose
Carrying a long winemaking tradition of excellence that spans over 300 years, Chateau Gruaud-Larose belongs to the class of wines who boast a legendary style of finesse. This “wine of kings and the king of wines,” according to the estate’s motto, is the result of a passionate commitment to crafting aromatic and beautifully floral wines (Larose) with an unmistakable minerality derived from the gravel terroir (Gruaud). In the appellation Saint-Julien, Chateau Gruaud-Larose is a predominately Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wine.
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Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.
Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Gruaud Larose delivers notes of warm cassis, blackberry compote and boysenberries with nuances of new leather, unsmoked cigars and bay leaves plus a medicinal waft. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with generous black fruit preserves, sparked by herbal and earthy hints and supported with a firm, grainy texture, finishing with gorgeous freshness. Drink 2020-2044.
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. This is a great showing from Gruaud Larose. It has a lovely bouquet with vibrant blackberry, wild hedgerow and cedar aromas that display fine vigour and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and ripe tannins, plenty of ripe tarry black fruit with a dense, tobacco-infused finish that is very focused and persistent. Excellent. Tasted January 2014.
Ripe raspberries and blueberries with hints of fresh flowers. Deep nose of dark fruits. Full body, with silky tannins and a beautifully integrated tannin structure. It's long and very refined. Better than 2009. Try in 2018.
Some rather attractive mineral notes on the nose. Broad spread of ripe fruit on the palate initially and no excess of alcohol or oak. Absolutely spot-on St-Julien for relatively early drinking (tannins have all but disappeared). 13.5% Drink 2018 – 2040