2009 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 JS 95 WA 95 DC 94 DC 94 NM 93 NM 93 NM 93 WE 93 WS 92 JR 91 JL 91
JS 95

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.
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, March 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.
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019

The 2009 Gruaud Larose is blended of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet colored, it charges forth with warm black raspberries, crème de cassis and redcurrant jelly notes with touches of...
DC 94

Decanter, February 2019

Smoky grilled oak on the nose is joined by some tarry hints. The palate is structured and ambitious, and will take a good few more years to come around. I would go for Branaire or Lagrange as my picks of classified...
DC 94

Decanter, February 2019

Smoky grilled oak on the nose is joined by some tarry hints. The palate is structured and ambitious, and will take a good few more years to come around. I would go for Branaire or Lagrange as my picks of classified...
NM 93

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...
NM 93

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...
NM 93

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...
WE 93

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...
WS 92

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...
JR 91

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, April 2013

(17.5/20) Very bright dense ruby. Sumptuous nose. Very glossy and gorgeous. Pure 2009. Polished. Rich. What's not to like? Amazingly approachable but obviously set for a long life too.
JL 91

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

The sweet, earthy red fruits are accompanied by cedar, tobacco leaf and minty notes. Spicy, medium-bodied and still young, the interesting minty fresh nuance is also found in the red fruit filled finish. Read more...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2009
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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.

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.