1999 Gruaud Larose 2022 Ex Chateau

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WS 90

Wine Spectator, May 2010

Delivers lots of blackberry, mineral and mint on the nose. Full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and racy, polished tannins on the finish. This can go on for many years. But why wait?—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 1999
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 1999 Gruaud Larose 2022 Ex Chateau. This Bordeaux Blend is a true gem from the renowned St Julien region in Bordeaux, France. As you can see from its beautiful image, this wine exudes elegance and sophistication.

In the glass, this red elixir displays a deep, garnet hue that immediately captures the eye. The color is indicative of its age, a testament to the wine's maturity and complexity. As you gently swirl the wine, it gracefully coats the glass, showcasing its rich texture and viscosity.

On the nose, an enticing bouquet of aromas unfolds, revealing layers of blackcurrants, blackberries, and dark cherries. These luscious fruit aromas are perfectly complemented by hints of cedar, tobacco, and a touch of earthiness. It is a symphony of scents that invites you to delve deeper into the wine.

Upon the first sip, your palate is greeted by a harmonious dance of flavors. The ripe black fruits continue to dominate, accompanied by notes of plum, licorice, and a subtle hint of vanilla. The wine's structure is impeccable, with firm yet silky tannins that lend it a velvety mouthfeel. The balance between fruit, acidity, and tannins is truly remarkable.

As the wine lingers on the palate, it reveals its true character and finesse. The finish is long and persistent, leaving a trail of black fruit and spice that captivates the senses. This wine is a prime example of the aging potential of Bordeaux blends, as it has gracefully evolved over the years, reaching its peak in this 1999 vintage.

To fully appreciate the magnificence of this wine, I recommend decanting it for at least an hour before serving. This will allow it to fully express its aromas and flavors. It can be enjoyed now, but for those with the patience, it has the potential to age gracefully for several more years.

In conclusion, the 1999 Gruaud Larose 2022 Ex Chateau is a masterpiece that showcases the true essence of Bordeaux. Its elegance, complexity, and impeccable structure make it a wine that will surely delight the most discerning palates. So, raise your glass and savor this extraordinary creation from Gruaud Larose. Santé!