2008 Chateau Gruaud-Larose Grand Cru Classe Saint-Julien
89 Ratings
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89 Ratings
2008 Chateau Gruaud-Larose Grand Cru Classe Saint-Julien

Winemaker's Notes

Mid crimson with a pale rim. Very sweet for a St-Julien. Almost right bank ripeness. Sweet start. Not as classical as most St-Juliens. More forward and winning! Attractive drink for the medium term. Hint of chocolate even. Medium charge of tannins. Polished silky texture. Very beguiling.

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Mid crimson with a pale rim. Very sweet for a St-Julien. Almost right bank ripeness. Sweet start. Not as classical as most St-Juliens. More forward and winning! Attractive drink for the medium term. Hint of chocolate even. Medium charge of tannins. Polished silky texture. Very beguiling.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2006 Vintage) 60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. This curious offering is at once both ripe and slightly herbal in tone with a bias to softness in balance. It never musters more than minimal fruit and comes up a bit dilute on the palate, and we have our doubts about its ability to improve with aging.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1989 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/21/2003
  • 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 & 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.