A round and tannic wine with currant and berry character. Full body, flavorful and stylish. Nice effort for second wine of Gruaud-Larose.
90 - 91/100 James Suckling
The 82 hectare Saint Julien vineyard of Gruaud Larose is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon , 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot . The vineyard of Gruaud Larose is unique as it’s one of the largest vineyards in Bordeaux that is in one single block. The vineyard has not changed since it was created in 1781. Thus, the vineyard is exactly the same today as it was when it was classified as a Second Growth in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The vineyards occupy the highest point of elevation on the St. Julien plateau.
Chateau Gruaud Larose on average produces close to 18,000 cases of Saint Julien wine each year. There is a second wine , Sarget de Gruaud Larose. The estate introduced the second wine starting with the 1981 vintage. The wine took its name from the Sarget family, one of the previous owners of the estate, who sold their shares to the Cordier family in 1917.