2008 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 92
  • JG 92
  • WA 90
  • WS 90
  • NM 90
  • JS 90

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In Stock: 24+ btls
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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
(WE90-92 points) Good density here, structured, with some jammy sweet fruits as well as a dark layer of dense tannins. The potential is well for a well balanced wine.
JG 92
View From The Cellar, July 2011
The 2008 Gruaud-Larose is a classic vintage of this fine St. Julien estate. The bouquet is deep, nascently complex and fairly reserved, as it offers up scents of cassis, dark berries, cigar ash, gravelly soil tones, herbs... The 2008 Gruaud-Larose is a classic vintage of this fine St. Julien estate. The bouquet is deep, nascently complex and fairly reserved, as it offers up scents of cassis, dark berries, cigar ash, gravelly soil tones, herbs and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite primary, with a fine core of fruit, plenty of ripe, well-integrated tannins and fine length and grip on the focused, black fruity and reticent finish. This will need at least a solid decade to blossom, but should prove to be a very fine vintage of Gruaud Larose. (Drink between 2018-2050)
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
While the 2008 is not a blockbuster it is a strong effort for the vintage. This dark plum/purple-hued wine reveals some background oak licorice earth plum black currant and cherry notes intertwined with a foresty/mossy... While the 2008 is not a blockbuster it is a strong effort for the vintage. This dark plum/purple-hued wine reveals some background oak licorice earth plum black currant and cherry notes intertwined with a foresty/mossy component. Deep polished and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin it builds incrementally on the palate. This impressive 2008 will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well for two decades.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, December 2010
Roasted with dark fig plum and cocoa flavors. Extra black tea bittersweet cocoa and anise notes linger through the finish. Shows solid depth. Drink now through 2017.-J.M.
NM 90
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Gruaud Larose 2008 has an austere earthy almost Saint Estephe like bouquet (consistent with previous bottles) with fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied with... Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Gruaud Larose 2008 has an austere earthy almost Saint Estephe like bouquet (consistent with previous bottles) with fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied with sharp tannins and a little pinched at present. Fresh almost tart in the mouth although compared to its peers I feel that it cuts away abruptly on the finish. Still this is pleasingly elegant and refined although it does not have the substance of the ensuing two vintages. Tasted January 2012.
JS 90
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
A delicate and refined red, with blueberry, spices and meat aromas. Medium body, with fine tannins and a earthy finish. Almost Burgundian in style. Try after 2012.
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, February 2011
57% Cabernet Sauvignon 34% Merlot 9% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is planted on soil of deep quaternary gravel with an average vine age of 45 years. Red berry currant mint and herbs abound on the nose. The tannins are... 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 34% Merlot 9% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is planted on soil of deep quaternary gravel with an average vine age of 45 years. Red berry currant mint and herbs abound on the nose. The tannins are restrained but the red fruit is expressive on the palate and the wine has a wonderfully earthy texture. Beautifully structured with just the right amount of acidity this will be best after 2019.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2008
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.