1961 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 1994
Tasted 7 Times With Consistent Notes.The 1961 is among the greatest mature wines of Gruaud-Larose I have drunk. This powerful rich densely concentrated wine remains young fresh and vigorous with a full decade of life... Tasted 7 Times With Consistent Notes.The 1961 is among the greatest mature wines of Gruaud-Larose I have drunk. This powerful rich densely concentrated wine remains young fresh and vigorous with a full decade of life ahead. It continues to exhibit a dark garnet color with some amber a wonderfully fragrant quality (plus minerals tar cedar soy sauce and licorice) a viscous texture sensation depth of fruit and a fabulous albeit alcoholic finish. This is claret at its most decadent. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 1961

Label

This is a classic style from the Saint Julien appellation which was ranked a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The vines are planted on 82 hectares of Garonne gravel. Grapes are handpicked and matured for 16-18 months in French, fine grain, oak barrels. Annual production of the grand vin averages around 150,000 bottles.

Winery

Gruaud Larose

Chateau Gruaud Larose was established in the 18th century in the commune of Saint-Julien, when Joseph Stanislas Gruaud united three of his estates under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. He left the property upon his death to Monsieur de Larose, and in 1781 the name of the new owner was added to that of its predecessor.

When Monsieur de Larose died, the estate was divided among his heirs and the property was split into separate estates. Desire Cordier bought the first two shares, and in 1935 bought the last remaining estate. The property was then reconstituted covering 137 hectares of which 68 are under vine. The company changed hands in 1982, 1993, and again in 1997, when the Merlaut family, already owners of several Medoc cru estates, bought Gruaud Larose.

Today, the Gruaud Larose vineyard is composed of the noble Bordeaux varieties, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (7%) and Petit Verdot (3%). The average age of the vines of Gruaud Larose is about forty years, although the most ancient of these are nearly 100 years old.