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Chateau Gruaud Larose 2015
2015 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale Offer, St Julien

Chateau Gruaud Larose 2015
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
St Julien, 2nd Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
88
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine Advocate
90
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Decanter: Very fine florality and purity on first impression – less of the meatiness of past vintages. The classic Gruaud-Larose smoothness is there along with added precision. Great attention to detail; a very fine claret. 94 Points

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
St Julien, 2nd Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
88
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine Advocate
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wine Enthusiast - "Barrel Sample. Red-berry driven, this wine is fresh in character, with a stream of acidity counterbalanced by structured tannins. Barrel Sample: 92-94 "
Ratings
The Wine Advocate - "The 2015 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, picked from 21 September. It has a rather conservative bouquet, reticent at first, gradually unfolding with truffle-tinged black fruit, the oak nicely integrated but perhaps needing a little more energy. The palate is ripe and rounded on the entry, fleshier than many of its Saint Julien counterparts, quite sumptuous in terms of mouthfeel with a suave texture. There is a sense of linearity here, a strictness that particularly comes through on the finish. The purity is commendable and the tannin, fine, but what it needs is that final flourish. It just misses that killer blow on the finish and saunters to its conclusion. I hope that it gains more in barrel. Barrel Sample: 90-92"
Awards
Wine Spectator - "Nicely focused, with a beam of red and black currant fruit inlaid with subtle spice notes and carried by velvety tannins. A little shy on range, but this is solidly built. Barrel Sample: 88-91 "
Vineyard Notes
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.
Other Notes
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.
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