2021 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 95 JA 94 JL 94 WA 94 TWI 94 VN 91
DC 95

Decanter, April 2022

Black peppercorns, tobacco, ash, vanilla, cinnamon and cedar spice. A gorgeous mouthfeel straight away, the tannins so plump, not heavy or opulent but filling and ripe. This has a charming gentle aspect - a smooth, sleek...
JA 94

janeanson.com, April 2022

Clearly Cabernet dominant, savoury with an attractive tannic frame. Should be accessible relatively early for a classified St Julien, but will age for a good few decades as there are plenty of well-textured tannins...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2022

(JL 92-94 points) Dark in color, the wine kicks off with tobacco leaf, underbrush, herbs, olives, flowers and currants. On the palate the wine is soft, forward, fresh and fruity, with polished tannins, elegant textures...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2024

The 2021 Gruaud Larose has turned out very nicely in bottle, unfurling in the glass with aromas of sweet wild berries, plums, violets and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and velvety, it's polished and...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, January 2024

The 2021 Gruaud Larose is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it springs from the glass with vibrant notes of kirsch, juicy raspberries, and fresh...
VN 91

Vinous, February 2024

The 2021 Gruaud Larose is developing nicely now that the wine is in bottle, the vineyard having been converted to organic viticulture two years earlier. It has a refined bouquet that needs a little more coaxing than other...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
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.

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.

The 2021 Gruaud Larose is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious Bordeaux region of France, specifically the sub-region of St Julien. This red wine is a true gem, with a deep and alluring color that captivates the eye. The nose is a sensory delight, offering a symphony of aromas that include wild berries, cherries, and cassis. These fruit notes are beautifully complemented by hints of licorice, violets, and cigar wrapper, adding layers of complexity to the bouquet.

On the palate, the 2021 Gruaud Larose truly shines. Medium to full-bodied, it boasts a concentrated and rich texture that is both impressive and elegant. Lively acids and ripe tannins add structure and balance, creating a harmonious mouthfeel. The wine unfolds with precision, revealing its intense flavors and impeccable craftsmanship. The finish is pure and penetrating, leaving a lasting impression.

The blend for this vintage is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon from recently planted parcels brings a fresh perspective to the blend, enhancing its depth and character. The wine has been aged in French oak barrels, with 95% new oak, for a planned 18 months.

Renowned wine critics have heaped praise upon the 2021 Gruaud Larose. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive 95 points, describing it as "classically balanced and intensely flavored." Jane Anson also commends this wine, noting its accessibility and potential for aging. Jeff Leve describes it as "soft, forward, fresh, and fruity," with elegant textures and a long finish. Decanter magazine praises its "smooth, sleek texture" and "energy," while Vinous highlights its Pauillac-like allure and directness.

The 2021 Gruaud Larose is a wine that should not be missed. With its exceptional quality and undeniable charm, it is a testament to the skill and dedication of the team at Gruaud Larose. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine promises an unforgettable experience.