Chateau Gruaud-Larose Grand Cru Classe Saint-Julien
95 Ratings
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95 Ratings
Chateau Gruaud-Larose Grand Cru Classe Saint-Julien

Wine Details

Winemaker's Notes

Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins.

Varietal

Bordeaux Blend

Style

Red

Region

Saint-JulienBordeauxFrance

Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 1985 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1985 Vintage)
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1989 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/21/2003
  • 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.
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 4/07