|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Big and dark, Gruaud has less density of fine tannin than some of the 2001s, and more openness of flavour - very richly blackberryish, crème de mûre, and even a touch of cooked fruit and the usual Gruaud meatiness. Some mildly scratchy tannins on the finish. ‘There was more fat in 2000, which covered the tannins, but their is a savouriness which is interesting in the 2001’, says Philippe Carmagnac, the maître du chai, and it certainly is rich in flavour, big and animal, in a style one either likes or doesn’t. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Dark and rich on the nose. A little funky on the nose but lovely, absolutely lovely polish on the palate. Smart stuff. Should be delicious over quite a long period. Drinking range: 2008 - 2020 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2009)
Surprisingly accessible as well as supple, this 2001 St.-Julien reveals a deep plum/purple color along with a rich bouquet of smoke, roasted vegetables, black currants, plums, licorice, and Asian spices. Velvety-textured and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit, and a plump, expansive, plush texture, this is an atypically forward Gruaud Larose to drink now and over the next 12-14 years. (Drink 2004-2018) Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(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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