2010 - 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
2022 - 2038
Case size
12x75cl

2010 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
2022 - 2038
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2011,
    Score: 93-96

    A fantastic Gruaud and the best that we have tasted in a long time. Aromatic notes of roasted coffee, sweet plum and spice lead to a core that is precise, poised and polished. Wonderfully complete with no hard edges. This is a ‘must buy' for followers of this châteaux (and even thosewho don't). Just brilliant. RK

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2011,
    Score: 92-94+

    A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, delivering 14 percent alcohol, the Gruaud '10 has a very intense nose with blackberry, cassis and a touch of oyster shell. Thepalate is medium-bodied with very svelte tannins on the entry, a sumptuous Gruaud Larose that belies that structured underneath seamless towards the finish. This is a Gruaud Larose that is full of character and should age beautifully over 20 years. This may merit a higher score after bottling, hence the plus sign.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2013,
    Score: 93+

    Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, liquorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required.Drink: 2020-2040

  • RP

    Robert Parker, May 2011,
    Score: 92-94

    This gets my nod as the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 and 1990. The opaque purple-colored 2010 exhibits copious notes of Asian plum sauce, spice box, creme de cassis, loamy soil and a beefy/meaty character. It is full-bodied, dense and powerful, with stunning purity and no evidence of brett (a characteristic of the great Gruaud Larose wines made in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s). Given the 2010's tannin profile, it will require 5-8 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades thereafter. Drink: 2016 - 2046

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2011,
    Score: 93-94

    It like the finish on this wine with a blueberry, currant and citrus fruit character on the nose and palate. Full and chewy with ultra-fine tannins and a bright acidity.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2011,
    Score: 18

    Big, typically smoky-spicy Gruaud nose, lots of fleshy fruit, lifted and almost exotic flavours harmonious depth and length, back on top form for the medium-long term. Drink 2018-30.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2011,
    Score: 93-96

    Offers a serious core of kirsch, blackberry and plum sauce notes, with lovely, velvety tannins taking over the pure, violet-tinged finish, which has length and grace. Shows more elegance than most of its peers in this vintage. -J.M.

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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.