2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose Ex-Chateau 2021

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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Decanter, December 2016

A spicy and fat, rich wine, atypical of Bordeaux. There is grip and depth of flavour here, with blackcurrant coulis character and some lovely menthol edging. A balanced wine.


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.

The chateau also produces a second wine, Sarget de Gruaud Larose.

In the world of Bordeaux, there are wines that stand out, wines that captivate the senses with their complexity and elegance. The 2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose Ex-Chateau is one such wine, a true gem from the renowned St Julien region of Bordeaux, France.

With a deep, ruby red color that shimmers in the glass, this Bordeaux Blend immediately catches the eye. The nose is greeted with an intoxicating bouquet of blackcurrant coulis, entwined with hints of spice and a touch of menthol. It is a sensory experience, a symphony of aromas that dance gracefully.

On the palate, this wine truly comes to life. It is rich and opulent, with a velvety texture that caresses the tongue. The flavors of blackcurrant continue to dominate, accompanied by notes of blackberry and a subtle hint of oak. There is a depth of flavor here, a complexity that unfolds with each sip.

What sets this wine apart is its atypical nature. It is spicy and fat, a departure from the traditional Bordeaux style. Yet, it still manages to maintain balance and finesse. The tannins are well-integrated, providing structure and a lingering finish that leaves a lasting impression.

The 2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose Ex-Chateau is a wine that defies expectations. It challenges the norms of Bordeaux, pushing the boundaries with its boldness and character. It is a wine that demands attention, a wine that deserves to be savored and appreciated.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this wine is perfectly suited for any occasion. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a succulent steak or roasted lamb, it is a wine that will elevate any dining experience.

In conclusion, the 2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose Ex-Chateau is a masterpiece from the Bordeaux region. It is a wine that showcases the artistry and craftsmanship of the winemakers, a wine that embodies the essence of St Julien. For those seeking a truly remarkable tasting experience, this wine is a must-try.