1982 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • WA 98
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2009
A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense thick unctuously textured inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood... A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense thick unctuously textured inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood steak tartare cassis herbs tobacco and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux's I have ever tasted) it is a huge full-bodied weighty rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050. Release price: ($140.00/case)
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 1998
...Dense ruby color with a slight amber edge. Intense grape berry and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied with loads of velvety tannins and a long ripe fruit and mineral aftertaste...
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2002
...Very complex perfumed aromas of plum leather meat and minerals. Sweet lush and young; really stuffed with fat meaty fruit. Broad without being really thick with impressive precision of fruit. The most complex of these... ...Very complex perfumed aromas of plum leather meat and minerals. Sweet lush and young; really stuffed with fat meaty fruit. Broad without being really thick with impressive precision of fruit. The most complex of these three vintages of Gruaud-Larose. Finishes with big ripe tannins and palate-staining sweet fruit...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 1982

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.