2010 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • WS 96
  • WA 94
  • JS 94
  • NM 94
  • JL 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
Offers a serious core of kirsch blackberry and plum sauce notes with lovely velvety tannins taking over the pure violet-tinged finish which has length and grace. Shows more elegance than most of its peers in this vintage... Offers a serious core of kirsch blackberry and plum sauce notes with lovely velvety tannins taking over the pure violet-tinged finish which has length and grace. Shows more elegance than most of its peers in this vintage. -J.M.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: This gets my nod as the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 and 1990. The opaque purple-colored 2010 exhibits copious notes of Asian plum sauce spice box creme de cassis loamy soil and a beefy/meaty character. It is... 2010: This gets my nod as the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 and 1990. The opaque purple-colored 2010 exhibits copious notes of Asian plum sauce spice box creme de cassis loamy soil and a beefy/meaty character. It is full-bodied dense and powerful with stunning purity and no evidence of brett (a characteristic of the great Gruaud Larose wines made in the 1960s 1970s and 1980s). Given the 2010's tannin profile it will require 5-8 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades thereafter.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
It like the finish on this wine with a blueberry currant and citrus fruit character on the nose and palate. Full and chewy with ultra-fine tannins and a bright acidity.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot delivering 14 percent alcohol the Gruaud '10 has a very intense nose with blackberry cassis and a touch of oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied with... A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot delivering 14 percent alcohol the Gruaud '10 has a very intense nose with blackberry cassis and a touch of oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied with very svelte tannins on the entry a sumptuous Gruaud Larose that belies that structured underneath seamless towards the finish. This is a Gruaud Larose that is full of character and should age beautifully over 20 years. This may merit a higher score after bottling hence the plus sign.
JL 93
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
With yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare the property produced a wine blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.8% alcohol... With yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare the property produced a wine blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.8% alcohol in 2010 which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Ruby colored with scents of cassis oak and gravel this full bodied brawny beefy traditional and tannic wine has some dryness in the finish.
JJB 95
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, April 2011
66% cabernet sauvignon 28% merlot 6% petit verdot. Aged in 70% new oak barrels and the balance in one year-old barrels. A lovely perfumed and feminine nose of violets lavender and rhubarb. Darker and more brooding on the... 66% cabernet sauvignon 28% merlot 6% petit verdot. Aged in 70% new oak barrels and the balance in one year-old barrels. A lovely perfumed and feminine nose of violets lavender and rhubarb. Darker and more brooding on the palate the dark purple fruit really comes forward supported by big structured tannins. Excellent length without being too drying. Another top performance from Saint Julien that may be more approachable in youth than others from the appellation. Drink 2015-2030.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2010

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.