2022 Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien - 6x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Gruaud Larose
  • Region St Julien
  • Drinking 2028 - 2045
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur

2022 - Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien - 6x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Gruaud Larose
  • Region St Julien
  • Drinking 2028 - 2045
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur
Case price: £420.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, April 2023, Score: 95-97

    The 2022 Gruaud Larose was picked from 7 to 24 September and includes a little more pressed wine this year: 13.5% exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon due to the quality. This latest vintage matured for a planned 18 months in 95% new oak. Significantly, this is the first year under organic certification (notice two storks on the label signifying this. Maybe they are carrying a little Gruaud baby?) At 13.64% alcohol, this is less than many other properties for those seeking slower intoxication. It has an impressive bouquet with pure blackberry and raspberry fruit, black truffle and sous-bois scents. I am impressed by its delineation and focus; frankly, these are the nicest aromatics I've encountered for a while at this address. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins. I cannot remember a Gruaud at this nascent stage that exhibits this level of energy and tension deriving from the Cabernet Sauvignon extracted at the beginning of vinification. There's much more precision here. Mineral-driven toward the finish, this easily surpasses vintages made at the estate over the last decade and more. Perhaps like the legendary Gruauds of old (1982, 1961, 1928, even 1870)? Gruaud reborn. Drink 2028-2070

  • Wine Advocate, April 2023, Score: 94-96+

    The progress at this estate continues with the terrific 2022 Gruaud Larose, a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc that unfurls in the glass with deep aromas of minty blackberries, violets and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's elegantly muscular, with a broad attack that segues into a concentrated mid-palate framed by supple, powdery tannins. Richer and more brooding than its 2020 and 2019 counterparts, it confirms Gruaud's return to the Saint-Julien élite. Around one-third of the production made it into the grand vin this year, the château's first with organic certification.

  • Decanter, April 2023, Score: 97

    Another excellently consistent wine from Gruaud in 2022 that gives terroir typicality with crystalline purity and such overall charm. Smooth and supple, silky but firm, generous but serious. Gorgeous acidity keeps the palate lifted and fresh while the concentrated fruit and quite present tannins give the structure and frame. I love the detail and purity, powerful and strong but refined. Direct with energy and juicy, vibrant acidity. Mineral, graphite and liquorice aspects grip the palate and linger on the finish with soft spices. Has a very moreish quality with approachability but the racy core and intense backbone suggests long ageing potential. 3.8pH. 3.45g/l total acidity. 40% production. 13% press wine (only Cabernet Sauvignon).

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2023, Score: 93-95

    The 2022 Gruaud-Larose is 83% Cabernet, the most Cabernet ever for the Grand Vin here. A huge, opulent wine, Gruaud-Larose offers up an exotic mélange of blackberry fruit, cloves, espresso, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and incense. This full-throttle Saint-Julien is not exactly subtle, but its balance is impeccable. Readers should expect an unctuous, dense wine with tons of concentration, a good deal of new oak and all the pedigree to hold it all together. Drink 2028-2052.

  • Goedhuis, April 2023, Score: 93-95

    A very polished example of this respected Second Growth, showing the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon with 83% of the blend, beautifully lifted by 14% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Cedar, blackberry and freshly lacquered wood aromas. Rich with opulent generosity, all kept in check by the light leathery tannins giving a length and gravitas on the finish.

  • Jane Anson, April 2023, Score: 96

    Spicy, intense and concentrated, and yet delivers juicy drinkability from beginning to end, not an easy balance to achieve in 2022. The vintage trace comes through in notes of tobacco, dried herbs, cloves and sandalwood, with tannic build up through the palate, but it is balanced by fresh mint leaf, cassis, bilberry, cocoa bean, and salinity. Firm tannic architecture, excellent quality. 33% of production in the 1st wine, 95% new oak. mint,

  • LPB, April 2023, Score: 94-96

    A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Gruaud Larose is deep garnet-purple in color. It needs some coaxing to bring out scents of wild blueberries, blackcurrant jelly, and black raspberries, with touches of garrigue, dried mint, underbrush, and dusty soil. The medium-bodied palate is tightly wound with bright, youthful black fruits and evocative mineral sparks, framed by grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing earthy. 40% of the year's production went into the first wine.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2023, Score: 18.5+

    Château Gruaud Larose (2ème Cru Saint-Julien) 83 Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Merlot, 3 Cabernet Franc 95% new oak 13.64% alc This wine has a slightly menacing edge, and the stats and flavours bear this out. Big Cab, big oak, keen alcohol (particularly considering the vintage) and one of the most unwavering and nononsense flavours of the year make this an unnervingly impressive wine. While I don’t love it, as in really love it, and it is not pretty, it is awe-inspiring. Like brutalist architecture, and I suppose the odd-looking watchtower in the vineyard at Gruaud, I admire these buildings but don’t love them. So it follows that I greatly admire this wine with its naked spice, intricate sinew and bulletproof carapace of fruit, and it will age metronomically, and I hope that one day it will find tenderness and relax a little, but I am not betting on it. If you are lining up to buy a case, make sure that you bookend this purchase with two more kindly and more relaxed wines because you will need them when you come to open a bottle of 2022 GL.

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...Read more

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.Read less

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.