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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Rich, evolved, cedary, black currant and cherry fruit are present in this dark ruby-colored 2011. With medium body, pleasant ripeness and fruitiness, good purity and depth but no herbaceousness or hardness, it has a precocious, flattering, up-front appeal that suggests it will drink well for 10-15 years.
The 2011 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc (no Petit Verdot this year) picked from 14th September with the Merlot and finishing with the Cabernet on the 28th. It has 13.05% alcohol and an IPT of 74 and is being aged in 40% new oak. Tasted three times including at the property, it has a rounded bouquet with ripe blackcurrant aromas that is missing a little depth and has a metallic tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry. It is a more feminine take on Gruaud, perhaps missing a little backbone and structure, but it displays fine purity and sweetness towards the finish. I am just looking for a little tension and precision. Tasted April 2012.
A very harmonious wine for the vintage with currants, spices and stones. Full body, with ultra fine tannins and a pretty finish. Delicate yet structured for the vintage.