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Harmonious nose, ripe and dense as well as supple, fat and silky. Lovely balance of sweetness, dark black fruit and suave tannic concentration. This has quite a lot of everything, although if picky, not huge character. Tannins very present if well-lubricated. Just a slight caramel barrel note on the finish. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Gone are the bad old days of farmyardy aromas and flavours, to be replaced by something that is classic, yet modern at the same time. Polished and well defined, this carries its 100% new oak with ease, such is the structure and depth of the wine. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
Really very pure, cleanly expressed dark cherry fruit on the nose, with a smoky and sooty edge, suggesting a gentle concentration. The palate feels very pure and correct, with a fresh and rather sweet plushness to it, softly creamed plum fruit, with a firm spindle of central tannins, ripe and sweet. A very pretty wine, showing a little oaky lactone at present, full and fresh. A ripe carapace of tannins, a medium-bodied core, and slightly juicy cherry fruit. A touch of grip in the finish. This has some potential, and is a good effort from Gruaud-Larose. Rating: 15-16/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2016)
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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