2011 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • JS 93
  • WS 93

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James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2012
A very harmonious wine for the vintage with currants spices and stones. Full body with ultra fine tannins and a pretty finish. Delicate yet structured for the vintage.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
A stony slightly austere style showing iron and steeped red currant fruit with bitter cherry notes running through the finish. There's a slightly rustic edge but also solid concentration.-J.M.
JJB 94
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, April 2012
61% cabernet sauvignon 29% merlot 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Aged in one-third new oak barrels. Dark fruit notes of blackberry and marion berry burst from the glass supported by aromas of dark chocolate... 61% cabernet sauvignon 29% merlot 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Aged in one-third new oak barrels. Dark fruit notes of blackberry and marion berry burst from the glass supported by aromas of dark chocolate tobacco and a touch of cedar. With a broad and weighty mouthfeel the wine coats the mid-palate while vibrant acidity provides nice balanced lift to the tannic structure. The excellent texture carries through the lingering finish. One of the more full-bodied wines from St. Julien in 2011 this will need 8-10 years to really come into balance and should be beautiful to drink through 2030.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2011

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.