2004 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Grapes Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé

As usual the Esau character of Gruaud is there. Why is it such an animal compared with Lagrange or Talbot? Lots of power and a brutal structure compared with most this year, lots of this richly savoury fruit to go with the structure, cassis and even a touch of eau de vie. Suave yet structured. Lovely length to the flavour. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2005)

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Ruby-red. Expressive nose offers game, spice, tobacco, leather, underbrush, iron and exotic flowers. Supple and fine-grained, with currant and baked plum flavors complicated by chocolate and leather. A wine of moderate intensity and power for this property but rather suave. The cooler vintage character comes through on the finish, which features notes of raw currant and pepper and slightly dusty tannins. Rating: 88 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

Slightly weak rim. Toasty lively nose with real savour. Very fresh. Not especially intense but there is lift and race here and a good balance between fruit and tannin. The tannins are pretty aggressive but there is, just, enough fruit. Not a standout but very serviceable. Drying finish though. Drink 2013-18 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Apr 2005)

Refined, with attractive fruit character, medium body and a silky tannin structure. Very good length and class on the palate. Long aftertaste. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2005)

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