CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE
2000 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Deep dark colour going to black. The nose has a rich bass note of black fruit, and the palate is broad and weighty, black fruit of great intensity. Morello cherries on the finish, fine and intense. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Cassis tends to rule all feeling ripe enriching the nose. The palate has lots of fresh flavours giving a lighter character and this freshness combined with the tannic structure tends to hold back the fruit at the moment. There is much more weight and richness on the back palate. 2012-26 Rating: 91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
A very strong effort for Gruaud Larose, possibly eclipsed by what they have done in 2009, this is a pure, full-bodied Gruaud Larose with plenty of new saddle leather, cedar wood, black currants, cherries, liquorice, and Provencal herbs. Spicy, earthy, full-bodied, and rich, it has hit its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for another 20 or more years. 2010-2030. Rating: 94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Sep 2011)
The dragster of the classed growths in 2000, this has massive, thrashing, untamed and beastly depths. Rating: 92 Andrew Jefford (Mar 2005)
Château Gruaud Larose
St Julien Deuxième cru 1855 The story of Château Gruaud Larose starts with Joseph Stanislas Gruaud who developed the estate in the early 18th Century. Two of his descendents ended up with different halves of the Gruaud estate until, in 1778, Chevalier de Gruaud died and left his portion to his son-in-law Joseph Sébastien de la Rose who immediately appended his name to the estate. Gruaud-Larose was split further in 1867, with Château Gruaud-Larose-Sarget and Château Gruaud-Larose-Faure being seperate until 1935 when the Cordier family, who'd bought the Sarget half in 1919, bought Gruaud-Larose-Faure and put the old estate back together again. Ownership by the Cordiers, and the association with other similarly labelled wines in the portfolio - Talbot, Meyney - kept Château Gruaud Larose as a consistent favourite among Bordeaux lovers. Gruaud-Larose is now owned by the Taillan Group. There are 82ha of vineyard, just to the south west of Beychevelle - 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. A second wine was introduced in 1979 - Sarget de Gruaud-Larose. Gruaud-Larose is among the fuller-bodied styles of St Julien, producing consistently good wines and, whilst the crown of "best estate in St Julien" sits with Leoville Las Cases, the wines of Gruaud-Larose are always worth following.
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