2006 - Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Gruaud Larose
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ PV / Malbec
Drinking
2019 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl
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2006 CH GRUAUD LAROSE 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Gruaud Larose
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ PV / Malbec
Drinking
2019 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £812.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2007,
    Score: 91-93

    Their 2006 is wonderfully savoury and plump with underlying finesse and fine, powerful tannins.A core of rich bramble fruit and chocolate fleshes out the palate. Its youthful vigour suggests that this has a good life ahead.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, July 2018,
    Score: 88

    The 2006 Gruaud Larose replicates the half-dozen or so previous encountered bottles. It has a straightforward light red berry nose, a little static but I would not say dilute. Perhaps you would have asked for more given the prestige of the château? The palate is medium-bodied with a savory, lightly spiced entry with clove and sage notes. There is a slight metallic texture on the finish with tar and tobacco lining the finish. You could broach this now since it is not destined to be a long-term Gruaud that just lacks excitement and sophistication. Tasted from half-bottle at the château. 2019-2032

  • RP

    Robert Parker, February 2009,
    Score: 84

    The significant rainfall during late September clearly had a noticeable impact on this 2006, which perhaps lacks “selection” as the French say. There is an element of dilution in this cuvee, and I would never recognize it as a Gruaud Larose except for the label. Dark ruby with a light pink rim, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, and round revealing roasted herb, sweet cherry, and currant flavors. For its prestige and pedigree, it is one of the most disappointing St.-Juliens I tasted.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
    Score: 17

    Blackish crimson. Zesty nose with the merest hint of oak. Well put together even if embryonic super smooth and easy and there is absolutely nothing for anyone to object to even if no-one would go to bed dreaming of this wine. I am churlish to even voice a hint of complaint. Very well done, if slightly bureaucratic

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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.