CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE
2009 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
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78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot. Not massively dark - a deep ruby. Rich as it hits the palate, a real opulence, quite flashy even. Spicy complexity, well done! Very ripe, the tannins build, and are quite drying, but there is concentrated fruit on the finish too. Not as 'fine' as some, but it is certainly good fun and will not disappoint. Nicely long. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2010)
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The ripeness of the fruit gives sweetness on the nose and richness on the start of the palate. Damson plum is back by cassis enriched by a touch of liquorice but towards the back there is a fresher feel a herbal character that gives a lighter feel to the finish. 2020-45 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Gruaud-Larose’s reputation as the most accessible of the major St Julien properties is well merited in 2009 because this is a deliciously approachable wine: scented and fragrant, with deep colour and smoky oak, plush cassis and plum fruit and fine-grained tannins. The wine has a minerally tightness at its core, which will enable it to age well in barrel and bottle. 15+ years. Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2010)
This is the finest Gruaud Larose since the 1990. Without a hint of brett in the 2009, it exhibits an opaque purple color along with a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, new saddle leather, spice box, and boysenberries. Made in a rich, broad, savory, juicy style with lots of succulence, but none of the masculinity and ruggedness often found in this offering, this wine is loaded with concentration and extract. The tannins are largely concealed by the remarkable intensity of fruit and density. It should be drinkable in 7-8 years, and last for 30-40. Rating: 92-94+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2010)
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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