2009 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • JS 95
  • IWC 94
  • WE 93
  • NM 93
  • WS 92

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Reg: $102.94

$97.94

This product is
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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
As I wrote in my barrel tasting note the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out... As I wrote in my barrel tasting note the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out. Copious notes of sagebrush cedar cigar box licorice incense blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant but sweet well-integrated tannin this big masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse richness extract density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins. This beauty should be at its best between 2020-2045.
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
I like the aromas of sliced mushroom, berries and wet earth, that follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a chewy finish. A fit, yet polished wine here. Try after 2020.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
94+ Dark ruby-red. Intense aromas of red cherry cassis aromatic herbs and cedar. Rich dense and suave with concentrated flavors of dark berries cedar and quinine complicated by smoky and peppery nuances. Finishes very... 94+ Dark ruby-red. Intense aromas of red cherry cassis aromatic herbs and cedar. Rich dense and suave with concentrated flavors of dark berries cedar and quinine complicated by smoky and peppery nuances. Finishes very long and smooth with a highly tactile quality to the cedar and cassis flavors. This Gruaud stands out for its purity as it seems free of the earthy and gamey nuances that have been present in many past vintages. In fact this impressive wine strikes me as the best young Gruaud-Larose in recent memory.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
Initially wood dominates but this is a stage after bottling. Because then the ripe smooth fruit comes in pouring through with black fruits very ripe and juicy. As this wine develops this rich fruit will be its main... Initially wood dominates but this is a stage after bottling. Because then the ripe smooth fruit comes in pouring through with black fruits very ripe and juicy. As this wine develops this rich fruit will be its main character. R.V.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
93+ Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Gruaud Larose ‘09 has a more extroverted nose compared to its peers with raucous blackberry and cassis fruit; graphite notes and a touch of sous-bois. The palate is... 93+ Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Gruaud Larose ‘09 has a more extroverted nose compared to its peers with raucous blackberry and cassis fruit; graphite notes and a touch of sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, quite dry tannins. It is more controlled, more “classic” than the nose with a long tail on the persistent finish. This is well crafted Saint Julien, although this showing suggests that it might be going into its shell.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This has good density with fleshy blackberry and blueberry cobbler flavors laced with anise sweet spice and smoldering maduro tobacco notes. Long and well-structured with fresh embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through... This has good density with fleshy blackberry and blueberry cobbler flavors laced with anise sweet spice and smoldering maduro tobacco notes. Long and well-structured with fresh embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through 2023. 14500 cases made.
JJB 94
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, January 2012
60% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 7% cabernet franc 3% petit verdot. Aromas of blackberry cola licorice and espresso mix up with notes of wild mushroom and loamy earth on the nose. Dense and massive on the palate the... 60% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 7% cabernet franc 3% petit verdot. Aromas of blackberry cola licorice and espresso mix up with notes of wild mushroom and loamy earth on the nose. Dense and massive on the palate the tannins are firm and will need time to loosen up and let the dark fruit truly express itself. This wine shows lots of potential. Give it 8-10 years and enjoy it over the next 2-3 decades.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2009

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.