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Château Gruaud-Larose is a 2ème Cru Classé property that produces one of St-Julien's most full-bodied and long-lived wines.
For many years Gruaud-Larose was owned by the négociants Cordier, who also own Château Talbot. It was sold in 1993 to the French conglomerate, Alcastel Alstom, which in turn sold it to the Taillan Group, owners of Chasse-Spleen and Haut-Bages-Libéral, in 1997. The talented Georges Pauli has remained as régisseur and winemaker throughout all these changes.
Gruaud-Larose has 84 hectares of vineyards located on a gravel-rich plateau just to the west of Château Beychevelle. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Vinification takes place in a mixture of wooden vats and cement tanks and the wine is aged in oak barriques (30% new) for 18 months.
Gruaud-Larose can be tannic and ungainly in youth but with bottle ageing it becomes marvellously harmonious and develops complex and beguiling characteristics of concentrated black fruits, cedar, spices and liquorice.
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Sarget de Gruaud Larose is light, perfumed and pretty on the nose, with bright red fruit and some floral hints. A touch of classic Cabernet Sauvignon graphite and lead pencil notes gives the nose a more serious deeper edge. Sleek and fresh, the palate offers sweet redcurrant fruit in abundance. This is an absolute charmer and will be pretty much ready to go straight off the boat! Hong Kong Fine Wine Team
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The second wine of one of the best performing Second Growths shares many of the characteristics of its Grand Vin but offers superb value. Ch. Gruaud Larose is traditionally a good keeper; the Sarget, whose name comes from a previous shareholder, needs some time but not as long. Drinking now-2015.
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I was brought up on Ch. Gruaud Larose. I remember the 1983, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90 all with great fondness. I was mocked by my colleagues quite a lot. “Wouldn’t you like some fruit in your wine” or other such “quips”. I think it rude and a little unkind, but I sort of see their point with “Old Gruaud”. But since 2005 I’ve fallen in love with it again in a different way. The 2011 is along the same lines. A major density of sweet, black fruit, with real weight and layers. Creamy and intoxicating. Rounded, plump and charming. Old Gruaud’s good, the new era is Great! Simon Staples, Asia Wine Director
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For those that like their Claret with a bit more bottle age, we recently secured a parcel of this fabulous wine direct from the château. The wines of St Julien share characteristics from Margaux to the south and Pauillac to the north. They have the perfume and elegance of the former, with the power and richness of the latter. Gruaud-Larose is one of our favourite châteaux with its easy, mellifluous style, superb depth of fruit and, above all, its persistence on the finish. A beautifully mature Bordeaux, and a treat for the palate this Christmas. Philip Mouilin - Private Account Manager
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Throughout all the changes of ownership at this famous 2nd Growth in the 1990s there has remained one constant: the talented winemaker Georges Pauli, and the consistent excellence of the wines. Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 1998 is as harmonious, complex and powerful as ever. Drink 2006-2018.
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The colour is so dense it is almost opaque. On the nose trhe pronounced hot, peppery fruit is followed by spicy notes on the palate and a deep, fresh finish. Another very good effort and one that should keep well for the vintage.
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Magnum 6 x 150cl
Deeply coloured, massively structured, with ample mature tannins, spicy oak and tobacco-scented dark berry fruit.A wine of undisputed ageing potential. Drink it now and over the following 12+ years.
D. Magnum 1 x 300cl
Ch. Gruaud-Larose is one of St. Julien’s most famous and long lived Second Growths. The vines are grown on a thick layer of glacial gravel and the wine is often described as quintessential St. Julien, combining the power of Pauillac, the Cabernet perfume of St Estephe and the elegance of Margaux. 2000 Ch. Gruaud Larose is delicious now, but will continue to benefit from ageing for another decade or two at least.
A truly stunning and huge wine, Gruaud has often been a little rustic but the 2010 is refined, yet overflowing in all departments. The highest levels of tannins ever seen at Gruaud are quietened and second string to the dense yet beautifully focused, cool fruit. A powerful experience with waves of precisely defined blackberry fruit, super-fine tannins and freshness which will all help to see this become a long-lived wine and probably one of the best value wines of the vintage - a triumph. Jake Dean BBR Fine Wine
Ch. Gruaud Larose has long been among my favourite Bordeaux properties and despite them having recently constructed what appears to be an enormous cheese grater in their front garden, they still retain a special place in my vinous affections. The 1995 is a real; tour de force with all the characteristic lush St Julien dark fruit allied with a full structure that means it is showing well at twenty and I suspect it will still be showing well at thirty years old. We have stock available for delivery now that can be with you in time for the festive season, or you can tuck a case away for future drinking. Chris Pollington , Fine Wine Account Manager Ruby-red with a pale rim. Initially closed nose opens slowly with aeration to offer delicate blackcurrant and mineral aromas complicated by a touch of field herbs. Then richer and deeper on the palate, with flinty blackcurrant, raspberry and herbal flavors carrying nicely through the aftertaste. The chewy, peppery tannins have smoothed out nicely with age. This wine has already developed much more depth and complexity than it showed on release; should it continue to evolve positively, it may yet turn out to be a memorable Gruaud.” 90+/100 points - Ian D'Agata – Vinous – April 2013
2012 is a very solid showing for this historic Second Growth. A meaty, toasty nose is balanced with currants and blueberry. The palate is fleshier and more forward than many, with generous fruit but enough tannins to keep everything in check. Plum and cherry fruit is coated by a creamy spice from the oak and this is a very generous effort that may very well drink sooner than most. If the pricing is as competitive as usual from the Château, then this is one to keep in mind. Hong Kong Fine Wine Team
This really is a very affordable, smaller version of the Grand Vin. Vibrant, red and black fruit with a really charming creaminess that makes it extremely quaffable. Great fun to have put in large bottles for a few years time – we all go for this in the office. Simon Staples, Berrys' Fine Wine Director
Imperial 1 x 600cl
9,000 cases of this 2013 were produced from a yield of just 27hl/ha. Fresh, crisp and well-rounded, this is a good example of classic Claret and is perfect for midweek drinking.
Cassis and current aromas give way to some dusty cedar and notes of Indian spice; classic Gruaud Larose! There is an upfront sweetness to the palate with a deep core of black fruit that is guided and honed by fine drying tannins. The acidity is in perfect balance, suggesting this will age superbly. Hong Kong Fine Wine Team This is an abnormally luscious and seductive wine for Gruaud Larose; especiallysurprising in a vintage like 2006. The powerful, spicy dark fruit nose withhints of violets acts as a highly enticing welcome. But, fear not, alongsidethe abundant, creamy, blackberry and strawberry fruit it has good tannic grip,freshness and lots of breed and elegance, in that typically chunky GruaudLarose way. Manager David Launay was ruthless with his selection, using only45% of his crop for this wine. The result is very satisfying, providing onceagain an irresistible combination of value and quality. Simon Staples - Fine Wine Director - Jun-07
There is an earthy complexity on the nose of the 2009 Gruaud Larose that adds immediate interest to the massive intensity of dense blackcurrant fruit lying underneath. The cassis-driven palate is pure, subtle and gentle with a beautiful, balancing freshness and ripe tannins which just disappear on the palate. This is a very generous, rewarding wine.
This was so good that when one of the team first tasted it, he thought it was the Grand Vin. This is exotic, floral and aromatic, with cassis and hints of ginger. The high Merlot proportion (33%), which was so rich this year, gives the wine an extra roundness in 2005, while the finish is very pure and long. Remaining true to its St Julien terroir this is very good indeed. Drinking Now - 2024+
Salmanaz. 1 x 900cl
This is a stunning wine, epitomising St Julien's breed and elegance but with an extra dash of generosity. A fabulous rich nose leads to a structured palate with a lovely weight of ripe, creamy raspberry and loganberry fruit with liquorice and toast hints. The fruit quality is outstanding, with real energy and freshness, topped off by a long, pure finish. The harvest was very late here so the Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (30%) were able to really blossom. Given their reasonable pricing policy this is one of the wines of the vintage for value as well as quality.
D. Magnum 3 x 300cl
Fantastic! Jean Merlaut's ownership since 1997 has seen these wines get better and better, culminating in this tour de force. Smoky ripe blackcurrants and sexy integrated sweet oak on the enticing nose is followed by a dense but pure palate with full-bodied fruit and a defined linear core. It is elegant and sophisticated with great charm-one of the great value wines of the 2004 vintage. "Intriguing, complex nose with layers of black and red fruit and toasted oak, tobacco, spice and alluring minerals. Beautifully textured with an airy lift and vitality." Decanter-Dec 2007- Wines of the Year
With intense red and black fruit on the nose, the 2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose is very enticing indeed with a lovely supple, smooth texture, deliciously juicy fruit on the palate and very fresh acidity. Beautifully ripe and very round, this displays an almost exotic spice character on the long, rewarding finish.
What a superb, delicious, decadent treat this is! It is really generous with ripe, plump, sweet blackberries and a fabulous creamy texture that is like silk. It's obviously not quite as great as Gruaud itself but shows the essence of the Grand Vin and is a real treat. If this comes in at less than £200, pick up as much as we can get you. (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc) Simon Staples, Fine Wine Director