2010 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 96
  • NM 95
  • WE 95
  • WA 93
  • WS 93
  • IWC 92

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JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 2013
Ripe raspberries and blueberries with hints of fresh flowers. Deep nose of dark fruits. Full body, with silky tannins and a beautifully integrated tannin structure. It's long and very refined. Better than 2009. Try in 2018.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. This is a great showing from Gruaud Larose. It has a lovely bouquet with vibrant blackberry, wild hedgerow and cedar aromas that display fine vigour and intensity. The... Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. This is a great showing from Gruaud Larose. It has a lovely bouquet with vibrant blackberry, wild hedgerow and cedar aromas that display fine vigour and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and ripe tannins, plenty of ripe tarry black fruit with a dense, tobacco-infused finish that is very focused and persistent. Excellent.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
For anybody looking for classic Bordeaux, this is the bottle to seek. “Classic” here means a wine with a tannic structure that also relies on a black currant flavor, with acidity providing freshness but not losing any... For anybody looking for classic Bordeaux, this is the bottle to seek. “Classic” here means a wine with a tannic structure that also relies on a black currant flavor, with acidity providing freshness but not losing any concentration or aging potential. Keep for many years.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of... Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. 93+ - Robert Parker
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2013
This is distinctive, with an aromatic roasted alder wood streak leading the way, quickly followed by dense but sleek blackberry cobbler, currant paste and warm plum sauce notes. Well-polished through the finish, offering... This is distinctive, with an aromatic roasted alder wood streak leading the way, quickly followed by dense but sleek blackberry cobbler, currant paste and warm plum sauce notes. Well-polished through the finish, offering deeply embedded acidity. Best from 2015 through 2030. – JM
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Bright red-ruby. Blackcurrant, smoke, tobacco and leather on the nose, with hints of game and earth. Round, lush and seamless in the mouth; shows an animal aspect yet comes across as civilized owing to well-judged... Bright red-ruby. Blackcurrant, smoke, tobacco and leather on the nose, with hints of game and earth. Round, lush and seamless in the mouth; shows an animal aspect yet comes across as civilized owing to well-judged extraction. Enticing sweetness to the flavors of dark and red berries and wild herbs, lifted by a note of candied flowers. This has the concentration and body to support its serious but sweet tannins. I would not be surprised if this large-scaled wine shut down in bottle in the near future, but it should also be long-lived. 92+
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.