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Chateau Gruaud Larose St. Julien, Bordeaux wine producer, Second Growth, profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Gruaud Larose is an interesting producer in the St. Julien appellation. Over the centuries, let alone recent history, it’s 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, the 1982. The decade of the 1980′s was good for Gruaud Larose, but it took over a decade before they produced another great wine in 2000 and fans of Gruaud Larose were forced to wait again for the next great vintage. at 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 St. 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 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 that 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 were forced to sell Gruaud Larose to retire their debts, Pierre Balguerie, Baron Jean Auguste Sarget and David Verdonnet purchased the property together. 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 managed by both families.

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Shortly after the official 1855 Classification of the Medoc, Gruaud Larose was split up again in 1867. One half remained with Baron Sarget. This was called Chateau Gruaud Larose Sarget. Sarget is responsible for constructing the chateau on the property that is still in use today. The other half remained with the Bethmann descendants and was known as Chateau Gruaud Larose Faure.

By the time the 20th century rolled around, both properties remained seperated. This all changed when the Cordier family purchase Gruaud Larose. The Sarget portion was obtained in 1917 and in 1935, the Faure portion was purchased which allowed the Cordier family to recreate the original estate.

In 1997 Gruaud Larose was purchased by Jacques Merlaut. 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.

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The 82 hectare St. 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, it is exactly the same today as it was when it was classified as a Second Griwth int he 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The vineyards occupy the highest point of elevation on the St. Julien plateau.

Chateau Gruaud Larose has a terroir that is mostly gravel, with quartz, clay and sand based soils. 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. They use no insecticides, pesticides or herbicides. 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 shockwaves which help break the oncoming hail stones into smaller pieces, protecting the vines.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Gruaud Larose, the wine is vinifed 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 cement vats and oak tanks. Chateau Gruaud Larose is 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 St. Julien wine each year. There is a second wine which made its debut in 1986, Sarget de Gruaud Larose. The reduction in the amount of Chateau Gruaud Larose and the increase in what is placed into the second wine have led to a better quality wine. This is clearly seen with the 2009 vintage, which is the best wine produced at the property since the sublime 1982!

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 with the 2009. Gruaud Larose is a powerful Bordeaux wine, produced in a traditional style that in the best vintages has the specal quality that allows it age, evolve and improve for decades.

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 Boreaux properties owned by the Taillan Group include: Chateau Chasse Spleen in Moulis, Chateau Haut Bages-Liberale in Pauillac, Chateau Ferriere in Margaux, and Chateau de Camensac in the Haut-Medoc.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. With medium body, this earthy wine is brimming with red berry character and finishes with dusty tannins and spice. 88-89 Pts

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  2. 2012 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. Medium bodied, filled with fresh, bright cassis and blackberries, this is a classic vintage for Gruaud Larose. 90-92 Pts

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  3. 2011 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. 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. 91-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 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

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 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. 92-93 Pts

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  6. 2008 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Earth, cassis, truffle and cedar aromas lead into a full boded, beefy, cassis and black cherry filled wine.

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  7. 2006 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      88 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. A masculine styled wine with a tannic spine. The finish was rustic. In time, a lot of time, this will improve.

      89 points - Tasted
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  9. 2002 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      87 points - Tasted
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  10. 2001 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2000 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. 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.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 1999 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. Fully mature, this medium bodied, cassis, earth and tobacco filled wine ends with a short, cranberry, spice and cassis finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  13. 1996 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      85 points - Tasted
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  14. 1995 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      88 points - Tasted
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  15. 1990 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. 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.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. 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.

      94 points - Tasted
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    6. 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.

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  16. 1989 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. Barnyard notes with herbs and some fruit. Light for Gruaud. Not a bad wine. But, there was nothing to like about it either.

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  17. 1986 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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!

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. 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.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. Huge layers of concentrated fruit, spice and tannin are in abundance. This full bodied, large scaled wine is classic and classy. Needs time.

      95 points - Tasted
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  18. 1985 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      91 points - Tasted
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  19. 1982 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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?

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. 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.

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    3. 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.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. 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!

      98 points - Tasted
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    6. 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.

      98 points - Tasted
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    7. 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.

      98 points - Tasted
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    8. 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.

      98 points - Tasted
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    9. 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.

      95 points - Tasted
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    10. 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

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    11. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
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    12. 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.

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    13. 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.

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    14. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
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  20. 1981 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. The finish was very short and the mid palate was not any better. Some light fruit with tart qualities were in the finish.

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  21. 1975 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      84 points - Tasted
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  22. 1961 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. 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.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. 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

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. 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.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. 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!

      97 points - Tasted
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  23. 1959 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 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.

      96 points - Tasted
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  24. 1955 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      92 points - Tasted
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  25. 1953 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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..

      90 points - Tasted
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  26. 1934 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      55 points - Tasted
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  27. 1928 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      85 points - Tasted
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  28. 1916 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. 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.

      75 points - Tasted
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