Original
62 Ratings
Chateau Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien 2ème Grand Cru Classé

Wine Description

(1995 Vintage) The vine here requires constant attention and numerous tasks to be carried out during the year. The quality of the grapes remains an obsession, a healthy harvest being a prerequisite for a successful vinification. The grapes are picked manually and are sent to the cellars so that the person in charge can control the vinification and the maturing of the wine. From then on there is a change of hands, not a change of destiny. The cellar master is there to attend to the year's offering and to master it. Everyone is at their post, the grapes are sorted again, chosen, selected by both man and machine. The destemmer performs its task and the grape bunch finds itself bare. The grapes are free - for a little while. The twisting pipes and the power of the machines are there so that the mixture of pulp, juice and skin find refuge in the large wooden vats to ferment. Fruit of heaven and the sun, the story of this grape ends in the silence of the vat room. The story of the wine may now begin.

Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 84, May/June 1999. Deep ruby. Explosive aromas of blackcurrant, plum, roasted coffee and saddle leather; displays a strong torrefaction aspect that suggests late-picked fruit. Thick, sweet and superripe; quite full and layered in the mouth, with somewhat rustic flavors. Finishes with firm, chewy tannins.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Perfumed and ripe fruit. Harmony, rich, lovely. 2-5 years.
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 122.
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator