(From 2002 Vintage) A sweet, fruity, medium-bodied, surprisingly forward effort, the deep plum/purple-colored 2002 Gruaud Larose exhibits ripe aromas revealing herbaceous as well as spice notes. There is some potentially worrisome astringent tannin in the finish, but the wine’s depth augers well for this being ultimately resolved and integrated.
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Robert Parker(From 1990 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 109
Wine Advocate(From 1990 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 109 on Feb-97
Wine Spectator(From 1990 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine & Spirits(From 2000 Vintage) Four days after our panel met, staffers gathered to taste the top wines with their labels revealed, and Ray Isle noted this as an ideal vintage for Gruaud, one in which the fruit can live up to the structure. looking back at my notes across several days, this wine had been fighting its oak when first opened, hinting at rose under the primary fruit intensity. Floral qualities became more distinct over the next two days, the energy rising, the wine brightening to the scent of fresh, floral grapes and rose petals, even as the structure limited all the sweetness of the fruit. Now knowing what this heady, dense wine is, the structure makes sense, as does my note from the first day: gracious as a classic Bordeaux.
Robert Parker(From 1985 Vintage)