2005 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • IWC 93
  • WS 91
  • NM 91
  • WA 90

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
Deep ruby. Fresh aromas of blackberry kirsch cedar and leather. Intensely flavored and powerful with very fresh precise flavors of dark berries cigar box violet licorice espresso and bitter chocolate. Offers an enticing... Deep ruby. Fresh aromas of blackberry kirsch cedar and leather. Intensely flavored and powerful with very fresh precise flavors of dark berries cigar box violet licorice espresso and bitter chocolate. Offers an enticing combination of ripeness and acidity of power and elegance. Juicy primary penetrating wine not as pliant as some. Finishes with sweet nicely enrobed tannins. A very good showing. 90-93 points
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2006
No tasting note given.
NM 91
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Château Gruaud Larose 2005 has an open bouquet: quite savoury in style with touches of bacon fat and cured meat infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly angular tannin. The acidity is well... The Château Gruaud Larose 2005 has an open bouquet: quite savoury in style with touches of bacon fat and cured meat infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly angular tannin. The acidity is well judged although it still needs to develop a little cohesion towards the finish. It seems to have just lost a little length since I last tasted it – obviously still going through its awkward “teenager” moment. I am sure it will come down from its bedroom at some point and those sage and thyme notes on the aftertaste continue to appeal.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
The 2005 Gruaud Larose has a deep ruby/purple color, excellent concentration, and clean, pure black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lush, and very soft and round. I’m surprised how... The 2005 Gruaud Larose has a deep ruby/purple color, excellent concentration, and clean, pure black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lush, and very soft and round. I’m surprised how drinkable it is already, although it is certainly capable of lasting 15 or more years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2005

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.