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77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. There's a sort of caramel sweetness in the cherry and blackcurrant fruit, reasonable weight and presence, just tightens a little hairily on the finish, but enjoyable. Drink 2018-2026 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2014)
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A deep ruby/purple color emerges from this lighter-weight, medium-bodied 2013 Gruaud Larose along with good purity and sweet tannin. With notes of underbrush, licorice and red and blackcurrant, it is a pleasant, fruit-forward wine that should drink well for 7-8 years. 2014-2022 Rating: 85-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
Medium ruby. Blueberry and licorice aromas are complemented by graphite, cedar and loam. Sweet and nicely delineated but a little light, with medicinal flavors of dark berries and flinty licorice. In a shell now but shows decent underlying density and fine-grained tannins. Finishes with chewy tannins and good length. One of the lightest Gruauds in memory, but this balanced wine should offer plenty of early appeal. Rating: 86-88 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
Fresh on the nose red fruits are backed by a mix of bilberry and bramble. The mid palate is sweet the fruit ripe with rounded tannins helping the mid suppleness. It is tighter firmer at the back but the finish has some rich flavours. 2020-30 Rating: 89-93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
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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