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Chateau Gruaud Larose History, Overview
Chateau Gruaud Larose is an interesting producer in the Saint Julien appellation. Over the centuries, let alone recent history, like many estates, its had its ups and downs. For some unknown reason, the wines lack consistency. 1961 Gruaud Larose is stunning! But you need to jump ahead 20 years before Gruaud Larose made another great wine. 1982 Gruaud Larose is one of the great wines from the legendary vintage! The decade of the 1980’s was good for Gruaud Larose, but after that decade, it took more than another decade before they produced another great wine, which took place in 2000. Fans of Gruaud Larose were forced to wait again for the next great vintage. This continued lack of consistency hurts the image of Gruaud Larose in the marketplace. But for Bordeaux wine lovers who appreciate the wines of Gruaud Larose, that lack of consistency helps keep prices down.
Gruaud Larose has a long history in the Saint Julien appellation that dates back to the days when the property was first owned by a knight known as Joseph Stanislas Gruaud. Two more members of the Gruaud family were also important factors in the birth of Gruaud Larose, one was a judge, the other was a priest. They owned numerous Bordeaux vineyards which they eventually joined together to create a 116 hectare Bordeaux wine estate called Fond Bedeau. To keep parity between the brothers, Fond Bedeau bottled their wine as two separate Bordeaux wines, Chevalier de Gruaud, which belonged to the priest and Abbe Gruaud which was produced by the judge.
Chevalier de Gruaud was managed as a successful business from day one. They erected the tower over their Bordeaux vineyards to allow them to watch their workers in his vineyards. They began hoisting a flag over the property when the harvest was over informing potential buyers if the wine was in a style they would like.
To obtain the highest price for the wine, they came up with the novel idea of selling their wine in Bordeaux to the highest bidders at auction. If the wine did not sell, they created the interesting concept of increasing the price again and again until it was finally sold! In 1778, the Chevalier de Gruaud passed away and management of the estate fell to his son-in-law, Joseph Sebastian de La Rose. La Rose added his name to the estate which became Gruaud Larose. He also gave his name to another massive Bordeaux estate, Chateau Larose Trintaudon.
In 1812, when the family was forced to sell Gruaud Larose to retire their debts, Pierre Balguerie, Baron Jean Auguste Sarget and David Verdonnet purchased the property together. David Verdonnet passed away shortly after. His share of the Left Bank estate was divided by the two remaining partners. For almost half a century, Gruaud Larose was co-managed by both families.
Shortly after the official 1855 Classification of the Medoc , Gruaud Larose was divided again in 1867. One half remained with Baron Sarget. The wine they produced was bottled and sold as Chateau Gruaud Larose Sarget. Baron Sarget was responsible for constructing the chateau on the property in 1875. The other half of the original vineyard remained with the Bethmann descendants. The wines were bottled and sold as both Chateau Gruaud Larose Faure and Chateau Gruaud Larose-Bethmann at different times.
By the time the 20th century rolled around, both properties remained separated. This all changed when the Cordier family purchase Chateau Gruaud Larose. The Sarget portion of the estate was purchased by the Cordier family in 1917. The Bethmann family sold their shared to the Cordier family in 1935, which allowed the Cordier family to recreate the original estate and the wine was renamed Chateau Gruaud Larose.
Chateau Gruaud Larose the Modern Age
In 1997 Gruaud Larose was purchased by Jacques Merlaut. Jacques Merlaut owns numerous other Bordeaux vineyards under the name of the Taillan Group including; Chateau La Gurgue, Chateau Haut Bages Liberal , Chateau Citran , Chateau Ferriere and Chateau Chasse Spleen among others.
Chateau Gruaud Larose Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking
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. Located in the south of the appellation, not far from Branaire Ducru , most of the vineyard is afforded a southeast exposure. The vineyard has not changed much 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 of Gruaud Larose have the highest point of elevation on the Saint Julien plateau.
Chateau Gruaud Larose has a terroir that is mostly gravel, with quartz, clay and sand based soil on the surface. Under the top soil you find more sand and limestone. However, clay plays more of an important role here than at other vineyards in the region, as there is more clay in the terroir of Gruaud Larose than you can find at any other St. Julien vineyard. The vines average 46 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The goal of the estate is to increase the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard to 70%, while decreasing the amount of Merlot. Most of the work in the vineyards is done with organic farming techniques. Currently, 40 hectares of vines are being farmed using biodynamic techniques.
Chateau Gruaud Larose is one of the few Bordeaux estates to maintain a hail reduction canon . The canon works by radar. When the radar detects hail, the canon fires, sending out shock waves which help break the oncoming hail stones into smaller pieces, protecting the vines.
Chateau Gruaud Larose Winemaking
To produce the wine of Chateau Gruaud Larose, the wine is vinified in a combination of cement tanks and wood vats. A portion of the malolactic fermentation takes in place in French, oak barrels (about 30%). The remainder of the malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of cement vats and oak tanks. The wine of Chateau Gruaud Larose is then aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months. The amount of time and percentage of new oak varies on the needs of the specific Bordeaux vintage.
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. The creation of the second wine led to a better quality Grand Vin.
Chateau Gruaud Larose Character, Style
As we mentioned earlier, Chateau Gruaud Larose has the ability to produce stunning Bordeaux wine! The 1961, 1982 and 1986 remain remarkable Bordeaux wines that are close to First Growth in quality. 1990 is not that far away in quality. However, after 1990, with the exception of the outstanding 2000, they have not produced wines worthy of their classification. That seems to have changed to some extent with the 2009. Gruaud Larose is a powerful Bordeaux wine, produced in a traditional style, that in the best vintages has the special quality that allows it age, evolve and improve for decades.
The best vintages of Chateau Gruaud Larose are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2000, 1990, 1986, 1982, 1961, 1959 and 1945. Ancient vintages are probably well worth seeking out. If you find any, let me know, as I’d like to try them!
Serving and Decanting Chateau Gruaud Larose with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Gruaud Larose is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 3-4 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Gruaud Larose is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Gruaud Larose is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Aside from owning multiple vineyards in Bordeaux, and a massive Negociant company, the Taillan Group also owns The Beijing Taillan Winery in China . Some of the other Bordeaux properties owned by the Taillan Group include: Chateau Chasse Spleen in Moulis , Chateau Haut Bages-Liberal in Pauillac , Chateau Ferriere in Margaux , and Chateau de Camensac in the Haut-Medoc appellation.
Château Gruaud Larose Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Cassis, tobacco and espresso with a good hit of cedar to arouse the olfactory system. A fresh, red berry side of the style range, there is a softness to the tannins that brings out the best in the crunchy currants and blackberry fruits in the finish. This will require time in the bottle to come around. Good girls don’t come easy. I mean good things take time.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 815 Views
2015 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
With a medium body and on the bright, red berry side of the style range with cedar and cigar box notes adding complexity, there is a freshness to the fruit, but it is on the lighter side for the vintage. 90 - 92 Pts
Apr 20, 2016points - Tasted 1492 Views
2014 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
With a medium body and soft tannins, this wine is fresh, earthy and laced with crisp, crunch of fresh red and black fruits. 90-92 Pts
Apr 16, 2015points - Tasted 6628 Views
Medium bodied, earthy, cranberry, blackberry in character, this is a classic style of Bordeaux, with a lot of freshness, tobacco and cedar in its personality.
Feb 2, 2017points - Tasted 1877 Views
2013 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
With medium body, this earthy wine is brimming with red berry character and finishes with dusty tannins and spice. The wine was made from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 88-89 Pts
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 6142 Views
This blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc produced a medium bodied, red fruit, dominated wine with dusty tannins. Forward in style, the finish mixes sweet and tart, spicy, earthy, red berries.
Feb 9, 2016points - Tasted 1769 Views
2012 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Medium bodied, filled with fresh, bright cassis and blackberries, this is a classic vintage for Gruaud Larose. The wine was produced from a blend of 66.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6.5% Petit Verdot and reached 13.46% alcohol. 90-92 Pts
Apr 23, 2013points - Tasted 6869 Views
This did not develop as well as I had hoped, medium bodied and showing some dryness in the red fruit dominated finish, there is an herbal, olive element in the red fruit filled finish that is discerned as well.
Mar 11, 2015points - Tasted 4140 Views
2011 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Medium/full-bodied, with crisp, fresh cassis, earth, spice and gravel, the wine ends with a tannic crème de cassis finish that requires age to develop. Produced from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc . 91-92 Pts
Apr 13, 2012points - Tasted 2879 Views
Medium bodied and a little short, but the earthy black and red fruits and soft and clean. The wine finishes with tobacco, herbs, cassis and blackberry. The wine was made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.
Feb 16, 2014points - Tasted 1899 Views
2010 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Gruaud Larose With yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare, the property produced a wine blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.8% alcohol in 2010, which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Ruby colored, with scents of cassis, oak and gravel, this full bodied, brawny, beefy, traditional and tannic wine has some dryness in the finish. 91-93 Pts
Apr 20, 2011points - Tasted 7152 Views
Tannic, structured, long, concentrated with cassis, black raspberry, stone, tobacco and spice, this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot needs at least a decade, and probably longer before it’s fun to drink.
Feb 8, 2013points - Tasted 6399 Views
2009 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
2009 Gruaud Larose is deep ruby. Cassis, coffee, and earthy aromas are easy to detect. This full bodied, structured wine ends with a sweet black raspberry finish. It is the best wine from the property since the 2000. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. 92-93 Pts
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 11389 Views
Cedar wood, cassis, earth and mineral notes create the perfume This blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot is powerful, concentrated and tannic. Produced in a more traditional Bordeaux style, the wine lacks the opulent nature of the vintage and will require more time than many wines from the same vintage to develop.
Feb 5, 2012points - Tasted 11616 Views
2008 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Earth, cassis, truffle and cedar aromas lead into a full boded, beefy, cassis and black cherry filled wine.
Jan 28, 2011points - Tasted 7126 Views
With tobacco, smoke, cassis, licorice and spice aromatics, this polished style of St. Julien lacks the concentration found in the best years of Gruaud Larose. There is a minor hint of green flavors found in the cassis filled finish. From a blend of a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, for Gruaud Larose, this will drink well young.
Jun 3, 2013points - Tasted 5850 Views
2006 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Firm, structured, medium bodied, tannic and traditional, with a focus on crisp, red berries, earth and tobacco, the wine needs time to soften and come together.
Jan 25, 2014points - Tasted 5940 Views
2005 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Medium bodied, bright and fresh, with a lean to the red fruit side of the style range, the wine is better on the nose than the palate, finishing with crisp, crunchy, sweet and tart red fruits. This will develop more secondary aromas, but it's probably going to retain its style.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 5921 Views
A masculine styled wine with a tannic spine. The finish was rustic. In time, a lot of time, this will improve.
Jan 20, 2008points - Tasted 11234 Views
2004 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Better on the nose, with its secondary notes of forest floor, tobacco, cranberry and cassis than on the medium bodied, bright, crunchy red berry dominated palate. The tannins leave you with some dryness in the end notes.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 2435 Views
2002 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Medium bodied, with an herbal quality to the tobacco and blackberry fruit in the nose, the wine has a light rustic, sandy quality to the tannins in the crisp, red plum and earthy finish.
Aug 23, 2014points - Tasted 2317 Views
2001 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Like many 2001 Bordeaux wines, this is on the evolutionary fast track. Tobacco leaf, smoke, creme de cassis, mushroom and spice box aromas work well with the medium/full bodied, gentle textures. Lacking the depth and concentration of the better vintages, this Gruaud Larose is already drinking well.
Dec 12, 2011points - Tasted 6548 Views
2000 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Forward in style, this full-bodied St. Julien wine is filled with cassis, earth, tobacco, herbs, stone and cigar box aromas. There is still some masculine tannins to resolve. For Gruaud Larose, this is drinking surprisingly well at such a young age.
Aug 31, 2011points - Tasted 13255 Views
Animal scents, earth, tobacco, smoke and cassis lead to a full bodied, concentrated, youthful wine that wants a few more years in the cellar before its ready for consumption.
Dec 3, 2012points - Tasted 9693 Views
Deep in color, it looks like a 5 year old wine. In the perfume, chocolate, cassis, earth, tobacco and cedar wood. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and filled with lush, ripe, blackberry and cassis. Still young, tannic and tight, more bottle age will add to the wines development.
Feb 21, 2013points - Tasted 8399 Views
This is developing quite nicely. The tobacco, cassis, herb and spicy cassis nose pairs perfectly with the classically styled, full bodied character, leaving with a blend of cassis, blackberry, earth and a touch of green tapanade in the finish. While this is nice now, it should get even better with a few more years in the bottle.
Jan 22, 2016points - Tasted 5243 Views
Still my favorite vintage of Gruaud Larose after the stunning 1982 and 1986, the fruit is ripe, concentrated and refined delivering a rich, mouthful of fresh, sweet berries with every taste . Clearly, this is structured to age for decades. While young, the fruit is of good quality making this fun to drink today, if you enjoy youthful, primary wines. If you prefer more secondary characteristics, give it another 5-7 years of age before popping a cork.
Oct 30, 2014points - Tasted 6775 Views
An earthy nose with black fruit, spice and wood startted things off. The wine is big, intense and concentrated, but the finish was short. I've had other bottles show much better.
Mar 5, 2010points - Tasted 9264 Views
1999 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Fully mature, this medium bodied, cassis, earth and tobacco filled wine ends with a short, cranberry, spice and cassis finish.
Aug 29, 2012points - Tasted 3726 Views
1996 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
1996 Gruaud Larose opened with barnyard, tobacco, earth and unclean aromas. Medium to full bodied with a lean, rustic personality and an earthy, cassis flavored finish, this is not a success for a vintage where so many great wines were produced in the Medoc. I do not see this wine improving with age.
Oct 4, 2010points - Tasted 7833 Views
1995 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Light, with rustic tannins and hint of tartness in the berries, the nose, with its tobacco, earth, cassis and barnyard aromatics is fine. But the fruit is losing the race with the tannins on the palate and in the finish. Time will probably not improve this wine. At 19 years of age, it is, what it is.
Mar 6, 2014points - Tasted 3534 Views
1990 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Interestingly, this is one of the few modern Bordeaux wines that was produced from all 5 varietals. Earth, truffle, smoke, tobacco, fig, plum and cassis scents make up the perfume. Full bodied and filled with ripe, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, this powerful Bordeaux still tastes young. The wine finishes with spicy cassis and earthy flavors. This will be a very long lived wine.
Jun 25, 2010points - Tasted 6679 Views
Aromas of wet forest, licorice, coffee, red and black fruit fill the glass. This is a very thick, chewy, extracted, full-bodied wine with depth and complexity. The long finish is a pleasure. I would not be surprised to see this wine drinking well at 40-50 years of age.
Apr 25, 2004points - Tasted 3009 Views
Layers of dense, ripe fruit. More rustic than Leoville La Cases with a complex barnyard component. More power than elegance, and a lot of fun to drink.
Jun 15, 2005points - Tasted 3011 Views
Developing faster than anticipated for a Gruaud Larose of that era, (1982 and 1986 are both young) the wine offers tobacco, forest floor, barnyard, cassis, herb and dark berry aromas. With a roasted fruit quality and ripe tannins, the concentrated wine feels round in the mouth. There is no hurry to drink it, but as it's close to mature, this is a good time to start opening the wine.
Dec 12, 2011points - Tasted 7422 Views
This is my third bottle in three months. The wine has shown consistently to be forward in style. Smoke, cassis, forest floor, blackberry and earthy scents produce the perfume. Soft and round in texture, the wine ends with cassis, licorice and spicy flavors. There is no tannin left to resolve. This is fully mature. In a blind tasting, it looks and tastes as if it were at least 10 years older than it is. While there is probably no hurry to drink this up, there is no reason to wait. I want to finish my remaining bottles over the next 5 years before the wine begins to slowly decline.
Jan 19, 2012points - Tasted 6975 Views
Some wines are better on the nose, while others are better on palate. Clearly this was better in the nose with its tobacco, cedar, earth, cassis, cigar box and blackberry scented perfume. On the palate, the wine was soft and refined, as well as surprisingly developed. I try to finish all my remaining bottles over the next 3-5 years, before more of the fruit begins to drop.
May 29, 2013points - Tasted 4131 Views
1989 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Barnyard notes with herbs and some fruit. Light for Gruaud. Not a bad wine. But, there was nothing to like about it either.
Oct 5, 2004points - Tasted 3442 Views
1986 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
If the aromas of a cigar store, cedar closets and cassis, a mouthful of ripe, fresh blackberries, concentration of flavor and intensity, with regal, elegant, masculine textures and a long, smoky, spice filled, currant finish is a turn on, you came to the right place. Avoiding the extreme tannic character of the vintage, 2 hours of decanting was just right. The wine improved in the glass until we reached the last drop. This is so easy to drink, we finished the bottle far too quickly.
Apr 25, 2015points - Tasted 4444 Views
Deep ruby in color, which is amazing considering this Bordeaux wine is 25 years old. A complex nose filled stuffed with tobacco, forest floor, blackberry, mineral, barnyard, smoke, mushroom and earthy aromas. Big, powerful, tannic and mouth filling, the wine is packed with ripe, crunchy Cabernet Sauvignon. Still young, with tannin to resolve, this outstanding Gruaud Larose could be a 100 year wine!
Aug 1, 2011points - Tasted 7449 Views
With 2 hours of air, this was stellar. The nose, with its strong aromas of cedar, cigar box, tobacco and cassis lets you know you're in the Left Bank. Full bodied, concentrated, with a boatload of juicy cassis on the palate, there is a touch of dryness in the endnote, typical of 1986, but it does not overwhelm the qualities in the rest of the experience. There is no hurry to drink this, as I imagine it will be providing pleasure for at least another 20-30 more years, of well stored.
Feb 14, 2016points - Tasted 3418 Views
Huge layers of concentrated fruit, spice and tannin are in abundance. This full bodied, large scaled wine is classic and classy. Needs time.
Apr 18, 2005points - Tasted 4046 Views
The tannins are not rustic, but they remain firm. The wine is worth waiting for as it's filled with cassis, tobacco, forest and spice aromatics. This concentrated, mouthfulling wine has a great future to look forward to for consumers with patience and a taste for well made, old school wines.
Nov 15, 2009points - Tasted 5260 Views
1985 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Fully mature, the seductive nose offers hints of truffle, tobacco, spice box, licorice, blackberry, cedar wood and smoke. Smooth and round with a little dust in the tannins, the wine ends with a sweet and sour cherry finish.
Jan 7, 2013points - Tasted 3008 Views
1982 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Serious Bordeaux lovers, with extra income cannot own enough of this stunning gem! I taste them several times a year and it is never disappointing. Packed with earth, barnyard, cigar wrapper, ash, blackberry and cedar wood, the wine keeps getting better year after year. If the purpose of tasting notes is to let others know which wines to buy as well as avoid, 1982 Gruaud Larose is the 1982 to buy.
Mar 13, 2013points - Tasted 5558 Views
This is the Left Bank wine to buy. In fact, it's the vintage of Gruaud Larose to buy as well! It continues to improve with every passing year. It has everything you could ask for in a Bordeaux wine. It’s packed with truffles, cigar box, smoke, leather, gravel, cassis, black cherry and forest floor scents. Everything is in perfect balance with the perfect amount of ripe fruit, tannin and acidity that is only made better by the intense, expansive, long, mouth filling finish.
Sep 18, 2012points - Tasted 7012 Views
1982 Gruaud Larose should be the 61 in the making. This wine was great ten years ago and today, it's better than ever! Powerful spice, truffle, cassis, floral, black cherry, tobacco and cassis aromas wake up your senses. On the palate, this dense, concentrated wine is fresh, round and mouth filling. The long finish ends with spicy, plummy cassis. Still young, this is a serious wine and a contender for the finest wine ever produced from Gruaud Larose. 98 Pts
Dec 12, 2010points - Tasted 9240 Views
WOW! If I could post a one word tasting note, perhaps wow would say it all. But there is a lot more to the wine that. Deep, powerful, intense and filled with multiple layers of perfectly ripe, silky textured berries, the finish must last close to 50 seconds! Still young, you can enjoy this thrilling wine today, or age it for another 20-30 or more years. In a blind tasting of 1982 Bordeaux, this could surely be placed next to any of the more exalted and expensive names and depending on the bottle, could come out on top.
May 14, 2013points - Tasted 5340 Views
I cannot think of a more consistent, better wine to show someone why 1982 is considered a great vintage. Time and time again, this stunning wine screams with its powerful aromatics coupled with its intensely concentrated layers of fruit. Drink this today, or age it 30 more years and for your kids. For the money, there is no better 1982 to buy than this wine!
Jun 9, 2013points - Tasted 5082 Views
Wow! The finish remains for close to 60 seconds showing off all its earthy, dense, chewy, intensity. The wealth of fruit is rustic in all the right ways and places. Young, yet delivering more than enough of its best qualities, you can drink now, or wait a decade or two. Has Gruaud Larose even made a better wine than they did in 1982?
Oct 20, 2014points - Tasted 4231 Views
I am never bored drinking this beauty. With its soft ripe tannins, tobacco, cassis, black cherry, mint and cigar box nose, long, lingering finish and layers of complexity that keep you looking for more, and finiding it too, this is a winner.
May 26, 2014points - Tasted 4372 Views
Remarkably consistent, the wine packs a lot of character into every sniff, sip and swallow. Full bodied, deep, long and concentrated, there is so much character and complexity going on here, it's hard not to fill your glass a second time.
Jan 17, 2017points - Tasted 2930 Views
The first 20 minutes in the glass reminded my nose of what it would be liked to be trapped in a filthy barn, with sweaty horses and a cow or two. But within 30 minutes that cleared up and cedar, tobacco, cassis, forest floor and blackberry notes were all over the place. Full bodied, mouth filling, rich and fresh, with ripe tannins and length, I loved every sip.
Jul 7, 2015points - Tasted 4976 Views
If there is a better high quality 1982 Bordeaux for less money, buy it. Take it from me, you can look as much as you like, but you are not going to find an other wine at this price and quality from 1982. This stellar wine serves up so much ripe fruit, with great character, length and style, if you do not know the wine, you need to taste it.
May 9, 2014points - Tasted 4392 Views
This boom, when the wine hit the glass. Aromatic fireworks filled with forest, blackberry, plum, coffee, cassis, earth and toffee notes. Big, dense, very concentrated with ripe fruit. Lots of structure. Still tanninc, needs time.
Dec 1, 2008points - Tasted 4084 Views
Smokey, burnt wood, cassis, barn yard and licorice tones were easily discerned. It’s packed and stacked with large doses of ripe, juicy Cabernet fruit. Very thick, dense and concentrated. Needs time to soften and come together.
Jan 10, 2005points - Tasted 4147 Views
Smoke and tobacco, green peppercorn, forest floor and cassis create the aromatic profile. Powerful, concentrated and packed with flavor, the long, expressive finish delivers a mineral driven, fresh cassis filled personality.
Dec 10, 2013points - Tasted 4556 Views
Full bodied, dense and offering a barnyard, animalistic, cigar box, tobacco and cherry nose, it’s special as soon as it hits your glass. Big, powerful, dense, yet refined and regal, this really makes an impression that sticks on your palate and memory. The wine improves in the glass. As evidenced by this note, this is a very good wine, but I’ve tasted even better bottles over the years.
Jan 14, 2016points - Tasted 3716 Views
Deep, dark, ruby tinted, with a serious perfume of cassis, barnyard funk and wet forest notes. This completely coats your palate. Very dense, full bodied with an intense finish that lasts close to 60 seconds. First growth quality with decades of life remaining.
Nov 18, 2006points - Tasted 4212 Views
This, black fruit and barnyard scented wine stands up shouting and demanding to be noticed. Massive layers of concentrated fruit. Masculine in style. Beefy, big and broad shouldered. What it lacks in elegance and finesse is makes up for personality. If wines were dogs, this would be a Newfoundland. Close to mature, but with a long life ahead. I’m willing to bet this wine continues evolving for at least another 20-30 more years if well stored.
Jun 6, 2007points - Tasted 4023 Views
With attention grabbing aromatics filled with smoke, truffle, tobacco, cassis, cedar chest and wet earth, the wine gets you going. Full bodied, powerful and filled with layers of concentrated, ripe, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine finishes with lush, black cherries.
Dec 13, 2011points - Tasted 9636 Views
The old adage about no great wines, just great bottles came true for this one... A good bottle, but not great. Still, the earthy, cassis, cedar, cigar box and barnyard scents were evident. The palate was more rustic than usual, with its sweet and tart, cassis character. Oh well, fortunately, there is always another bottle.
May 12, 2015points - Tasted 3322 Views
1981 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
The finish was very short and the mid palate was not any better. Some light fruit with tart qualities were in the finish.
Dec 20, 2005points - Tasted 2588 Views
1975 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Rustic in style and still tannic, the wine feels hard on the palate. With it's old school style and tobacco, earth, herb and cassis aromas, it might be fun for lovers of this style to drink. But I found little pleasure in drinking it.
Dec 12, 2011points - Tasted 3593 Views
1961 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Perfume shot from the glass like a rocket. Truffles, spice, Cuban cigar, ripe dark cherry, earth and forest scents were all over the place and in your face. Silky like a Pomerol , coupled with the powerful, athletic body of a Medoc, this wine is everything a mature Claret is supposed to be!
Dec 1, 2008points - Tasted 3071 Views
This remains the best buy of a stellar wine from the legendary 1961 Bordeaux vintage. The tobacco, earth, cedar, lead pencil and cherry aromas in the nose are striking. Full bodied, concentrated and long, the finish, with all its fruit, tannins and acidity are still serving up a delicious mouthful of aged Claret.
Apr 16, 2016points - Tasted 2105 Views
First Growth in quality, this has been a consistent winner for decades. It is the quintessential example of what aged, Left Bank Bordeaux is all about. It is full bodied, deep, concentrated and long. Stylistically, it offers a gentleman's, refined austerity, with fresh, bright, ripe berries and all the smells of a great cigar store! I've had better bottles, and this was quite strong.
Nov 7, 2016points - Tasted 1890 Views
I've been fortunate to have enjoyed this sublime wine at least a dozen times over the years. With 50 year old wines, bottle variation comes into play. This was a very good, but not ethereal experience. The nose offered truffle, tobacco, cedar chest, citrus rind, spice, black cherry and cigar box aromas. This particular bottle did not offer the same level of concentration or intensity found in the best examples, but there was enough ripe, soft, polished, spicy, soft, dark red berries to keep me focused on the wine and asking for more, once my first glass was finished.
May 13, 2013points - Tasted 3329 Views
This asks you to call George Orwell, because the aromatics say, “Animal Farm”. After the barnyard aromas simmer down, tobacco, dark berry, spice, earth and cedar fill up the perfume. The wine is concentrated, rich, elegant, fresh and long.
Nov 15, 2009points - Tasted 2947 Views
Cedar wood, lead pencil, stone, wet earth, spice, cassis, tobacco ash and smoke aromas are a treat for the senses. At 50 years of age, this St. Julien is still fresh, clean and filled with layers of soft, round fruit that ends with a long, sweet, earth and cherry finish.
Dec 13, 2011points - Tasted 2928 Views
1961 Gruaud Larose can be a drop dread stunning wine with voluptuous charm. Sadly, not on this occasion. Great aromatics were easy to find in the melange of truffle, earth, smoke, tobacco, cassis and hot bricks. With elegant textures and charm, thus bottle offered pleasure, But it did not offer the same level of concentration, freshness or opulent textures experienced in the best bottles. Once again, this bottle proved the old axiom remains true, after 20 years of age, there is no such thing as a great wine, only great bottles. 93 Pts
Dec 12, 2010points - Tasted 2868 Views
1959 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
This was my experience with the 1959 Gruaud Larose. I hope it won't be my last. Intoxicating aromas of earth, tar, leather, smoke, flowers, cigar box, cassis and tobacco fill the air. Big, rich and concentrated, with supple, opulent textures, this sublime wine ends with a long, pure, sweet cherry filled finish.
Dec 13, 2011points - Tasted 4009 Views
With a truffle, earth, cedar chest, cigar box and a basket of fresh picked cherries, with a handful of earth, you could recreate the beautiful perfume. While I've tasted better bottles of this wine, the sweet, fruits, silky textures and long finish were a beautiful treat to taste.
Jun 7, 2013points - Tasted 3944 Views
1955 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
With that beautiful, complex set of aromas that only comes from fully mature wines; wet earth, cherries, forest floor, tobacco, spice, stone and smoke grab your focus. The wine is soft, with the silky patina of age, finishing with sweet, smoky cherries. There is no reason to wait any longer, if you have a bottle, open it.
May 13, 2013points - Tasted 3746 Views
1953 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Living on borrowed time, I would not hold it any longer. I'd drink it to grab the last of its ripe, soft, truffle infused cherries, tobacco, earth, plum and cigar box character. Nothing lives forever..
Jun 7, 2013points - Tasted 3590 Views
1945 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
Hanging on to life buy a slim thread, there was more to like with the smoky, earthy, animalistic, spicy, cigar box nose, than on the full bodied, but sweet and tart, red berry and spice palate. Clearly fading, this needs to be consumed, if you are of course lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar.
Nov 7, 2016points - Tasted 1199 Views
1934 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
From an original bottle with the original cork and a good full, this bottle was in serious decline with VA to boot. Other bottles could be better. Approach buying this wine with caution.
Oct 5, 2014points - Tasted 1951 Views
1928 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
I suppose this is what to expect from the 1986, when it hits 90 years of age. The sensuous, full bodied, silky, patina of age is all over the cassis, tobacco, spice and earthy charms. The nose, with its cigar store essence and the finish that tasted as good as it felt was a real turn on. Why can't they make wines like this at Gruaud Larose any more?
Nov 7, 2016points - Tasted 1406 Views
Sadly, this specific bottle was in the fading stage of life. The nose was much better than the palate with its complex array of secondary notes. The finish was all about the sweet and tart red fruits, but there was a bit more tart than sweet. Because 1928 and Gruaud Larose from that time period have a great track record for aging, I imagine other bottles could provide a better tasting experience.
Jun 7, 2013points - Tasted 3931 Views
1916 Château Gruaud Larose ( St. Julien. )
My first time tasting any wine from this elusive, pre, World War 1 vintage. The color of tea, with tobacco, earth, cigar ash and truffles cents lead to a light, lean, but still alive wine with a whisper of cherry in the finish.
May 20, 2013points - Tasted 2552 Views