2004 Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Gruaud Larose
Region
St Julien, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, PV, Malbec
Drinking
2013-2023
Case Size
12x75cl
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2004 Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Gruaud Larose
Region
St Julien, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, PV, Malbec
Drinking
2013-2023
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£620.00 (Ex. VAT)

Qty
(1 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Goedhuis, May 2005

Gruaud Larose describes itself as " the wine of kings, the king of wines". This may be true and certainly sine Jean Merlaut took over 'in 1997, quality has been consistently regal.This is a very good Gruaud Larose. Savoury and complex with good reserves of subtle fruit and silky tannins, it shows off the Merlaut magic. Drink 2013-2023

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Producer

Château Gruaud Larose

Gruaud Larose is one of the most dispersed châteaux. The estate is almost like a hamlet unto itself, with stone building after stone building all decorating the property like life-sized Monopoly board pieces. Reviewing its family history, it is easy to understand why. For many years it had been shuffled from one owner to the next, subsequently divided, pieced back together only to be divided again. After all these divisions and transformations, the estate stands today at 150 hectares, 82 of which are planted with vines. Its current owners, the Merlaut family, purchased the château in 1997. Their other holdings include Chasse Spleen, La Gurgue, Haut Bages Libéral, Citran and Ferrière. Considerable financial investment has contributed to the château's new founddynamism. Not only is it one of the more self-sufficient châteaux in Bordeaux, it is also one of the most natural. Practicing organic techniques, they create their own compost from the remnant stalks, skins and seeds and were the first château to recycle their own water.

Region

St Julien, Red Bordeaux

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.

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