2005 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JA 96 TWI 95 WE 94 VN 92 NM 91 W&S 91 WS 91
JA 96

janeanson.com, June 2022

Stately ruby red, raspberry and cassis fruits, still young, needs another few years to fully open and integrate, but everything is there for a brilliant wine with pleasure. This is a château that always takes its time...
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, January 2024

The 2005 Gruaud Larose is medium to deep garnet-brick in color. It needs a moment of swirling to bring out fragrant notes of rosehip tea, crushed rocks, dried lavender, and red loam leading to a core of prunes, redcurrant...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, June 2008

This tastes of great Cabernet Sauvignon, with its black currant, cedar and herbs and fresh, juicy acidity. It is as fresh as it is rich, but it has a structure of dense tannins that balances the wine. This is one of the...
VN 92

Vinous, March 2024

The 2005 Gruaud Larose was tasted from two bottles at the estate as the first was corked. The second offers intense black fruit with juniper and cedar notes, but something prevents it from blossoming, like the 1982, for...
NM 91

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...
W&S 91

Wine & Spirits, October 2008

Licorice spice and tough black tannins form tight boundaries around this wine. Within them, sweet red fruit lends a gracious impression, gentle and refined. Age will allow the wine to expand as the tannins relent, but...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, March 2008

Aromas of blackberry, meat and earth follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a rich finish. Decadent, balanced and very approachable already. I thought it would have been a little better than this. Best...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2005
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
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.

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.

The 2005 Gruaud Larose is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the esteemed region of Bordeaux, France. This wine embodies the elegance and complexity that Bordeaux wines are renowned for, making it a true gem for wine enthusiasts.

In the glass, this wine displays a rich and vibrant red color, hinting at its depth and intensity. On the nose, it exudes a captivating bouquet of blackberry, meat, and earth, creating an intriguing and enticing aromatic profile. These aromas seamlessly transition onto the palate, where they are met with a full-bodied structure and velvety tannins. The wine is decadent and balanced, with a rich finish that lingers on the palate.

Notable wine critics have praised the 2005 Gruaud Larose, further solidifying its reputation as an exceptional wine. Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 91, describing it as approachable and decadent, with the suggestion to enjoy it after 2014. Neal Martin's Wine Journal also bestowed a score of 91, noting its open bouquet and slightly angular tannins that are still in the process of maturing. Wine Enthusiast, on the other hand, awarded it an impressive score of 94, highlighting its great Cabernet Sauvignon character and dense tannins. Finally, Wine & Spirits rated it 91, emphasizing the wine's licorice spice and tight structure that will benefit from aging.

Most recently, Jane Anson, a respected wine critic, rated the 2005 Gruaud Larose with a remarkable score of 96. She described it as stately ruby red, with notes of raspberry and cassis fruits. Anson noted that the wine still needs a few more years to fully open and integrate, but it possesses all the elements for a brilliant and pleasurable drinking experience.

Overall, the 2005 Gruaud Larose is a wine of exceptional quality and character. With its elegant complexity, velvety texture, and impressive aging potential, it is a true representation of the best that Bordeaux has to offer.