2012 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 94 JS 93 JA 92 NM 92 VN 92 DC 91 WS 90
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, April 2013

(92–94 points) Barrel sample. With so much spicy fruit, intensely ripe blackberry flavors and solid tannins, all the elements of excellence are here, and powered by a firm structure. This wine has weight and a fine...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

A silky and fine red with blueberry, blackberry and floral character. Hints of hazelnuts. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Persistent too. Better in 2017.
JA 92

janeanson.com, March 2022

Redcurrant and raspberry fruits, acidity a little fresher than in some St Juliens in what is a pretty gourmet vintage at this 10 year window. White pepper and rosemary spice, along with a lilting, sappy slate minerality...
NM 92

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013

(NM90-92 points) The Grand Vin is a blend of 66.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6.5% Petit Verdot, delivering 13.46% alcohol and an IPT of 73. Harvest commenced on 2nd October with the Merlot, the Cabernet picked...
VN 92

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Gruaud Larose has an open nose with blackberry, briary, cedar aromas and just a slight minty character that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins, fleshy and grippy, quite sweet...
DC 91


Fine Cabernet Sauvignon cassis nose, suave and velvety in the Gruaud style, already showing quite exotic fruit, but there is deep fruit and grip here, class and finesse along with the vigour.
WS 90

Wine Spectator, March 2015

Inviting, with a fleshy core of plum, blackberry and anise notes, lined with graphite and warm fruitcake hints and supported by a juicy finish that keeps the toast in the background. Very solid and without the overtly...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%

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.

Introducing the 2012 Gruaud Larose, a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed St Julien region in France. This red wine exudes elegance and sophistication, embodying the rich history and tradition of Bordeaux winemaking. With a deep, garnet color that hints at its complexity, this wine is a true masterpiece.

On the nose, the 2012 Gruaud Larose captivates with its enticing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and delicate floral notes. As the wine opens up in the glass, hints of hazelnuts emerge, adding depth to the bouquet. It is a silky and fine red wine that promises a truly sensory experience.

Upon tasting, the wine reveals its full-bodied nature and integrated tannins. The palate is greeted with luscious flavors of ripe blueberries and blackberries, which are beautifully balanced by the wine's fresh finish. The persistence on the palate is remarkable, showcasing the wine's exceptional quality. While already enjoyable, this wine will continue to evolve and improve with further aging, reaching its peak around 2017.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this vintage an impressive score of 93 points, praising its silkiness and fine character. Neal Martin's Wine Journal also lauded this wine, giving it a score of 92 points and describing it as a medium-term Gruaud Larose with a well-judged acidity and a sophisticated finish.

Wine Spectator awarded the 2012 Gruaud Larose a score of 90 points, noting its inviting nature and solid structure. Wine Enthusiast was equally impressed, giving it a score of 94 points and praising its spicy fruit, ripe blackberry flavors, and solid tannins.

Decanter described this wine as having a fine Cabernet Sauvignon cassis nose, showcasing the class, finesse, and deep fruit that Gruaud Larose is known for. Jane Anson, an esteemed wine critic, rated this vintage 92 points, highlighting its charming and finessed character, along with its redcurrant and raspberry fruit flavors.

Vinous also gave this wine a score of 92 points, noting its open nose with blackberry and cedar aromas. The palate was described as succulent and fleshy, with a pleasing long aftertaste. This wine represents one of the more drinkable options from the 2012 vintage in Saint-Julien.

Overall, the 2012 Gruaud Larose is a wine that exemplifies the excellence and artistry of Bordeaux winemaking. With its captivating aromas, balanced palate, and accolades from esteemed critics, this wine is a true gem that will delight wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.