1982 - Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien Ex-Chateau 2022
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Gruaud Larose
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
2018 - 2040
Case size
3x75cl
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1982 CH GRUAUD LAROSE 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN EX-CHATEAU 2022 - 3x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Gruaud Larose
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
2018 - 2040
Case size
3x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £2,408.04 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2018,
    Score: 95

    The 1982 Gruaud Larose has long been one of my favourite Saint Julien wines from that vintage. From magnum, the exquisite bouquet of black fruit, leather and hints of game and antique bureau is fully mature yet vigorous and so joyful. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins that have melted in recent years. Here, there is more red than black fruit, suffused with tobacco, sage and cedar notes, impressive in terms of grip and fanning out gloriously towards the finish. Bottles with sound provenance are à point and will continue to give pleasure for another 20, perhaps 30 years. Tasted at the Lafaurie-Peyraguey vertical in Bordeaux.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2000,
    Score: 96

    An extraordinarily powerful, backward wine with unlimited up-side potential, the opaque plum/purple/black-colored 1982 Gruaud-Larose exhibits an explosive nose of new saddle leather, plums, prunes, black cherry jam, chocolate, steak tartare, and roasted espresso. Unbelievably powerful, thick, and intense, with full body, mouth-searing tannin levels, a grilled steak-like flavor, and a huge, intense finish, this is a monster, blockbuster 1982 that still needs 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. It should prove to be one of the most profound Gruaud-Laroses made in the twentieth century. In quality, it is a first-growth. Drink 2007-2030

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, July 2002,
    Score: 18.5/20

    Ch Gruaud-Larose 1982 St Julien 18.5 Drink 2008-2025 Slightly pale. Deep and fine nose. Lovely. Complete. Well balanced.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, September 2002,
    Score: 17.5/20

    CHATEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE, 1982 2004-2020 17.5Fullish, mature colour. Good vigorous,substantial wine on the nose. Ripe and rich.Just coming into its own. Full body andplenty of depth. Lovely vigour. Lots ofdimension at the end. It will still improve.Fine.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2009,
    Score: 98

    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux’s I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050.

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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 found dynamism. 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

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.