Gruaud-Larose wines can be tannic and ungainly in youth but with bottle ageing it becomes marvelously harmonious and develops complex and beguiling characteristics of concentrated black fruits, cedar, spices and liquorice.
1995: 90pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Revealing more grip and tannin since bottling, the 1995 Gruaud-Larose exhibits a dark ruby color, and a nose of sweet black cherries, licorice, earth, and spice. Rich, with medium to full body, high tannin, and subtle oak in the background, the 1995 is nearly as structured and tannic as the 1996. The two vintages are more similar than dissimilar. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
2000: 89pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Simply splendid, the 2000 Gruaud-Larose is delicious and ready to drink with tempting notes of leather, smoky tobacco, earthy and oak aromas. Fruity with plum, berries, black fruits, currants, prunes and a hint of chocolate. Full bodied with well integrated tannins, lovely supporting acidity and a delicious, elegant, round and mouth filling finish.
2005: 94pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Pronounced intensity of ripe blackcurrants, red cherries, wet wood, light vanilla, clove, smoke and cacao beans. Tertiary hint of cedar and leather. Full bodied with high acidity. The wine can age another few years that will develop more tertiary aromas.An elegant wine with great tannins but with great intensity in the finish.
2010: 93pts – Wine Spectator
Beautiful roses and geraniums on the nose and spice on the palate. Power and sweetness is balanced. Creme de cassis, truffle, evolved somewhat over time to include tobacco. Great tannins with a long finish. Best with another 10 to 20 years aging potential.
2015: 92pts – Wine Spectator
Beautiful balance of pine tree, metallic lead and silkyness with just the right level of tannins. Well balanced with a long finish that has a pleasant acidity on the end. The 2015 vintage is still very young but already drinks and delivers enjoyment well.
History of Château Gruaud Larose
Château Gruaud-Larose is a 2ème Cru Classé property that produces one of St-Julien’s most full-bodied and long-lived wines. For many years Gruaud-Larose was owned by the négociants Cordier, who also own Château Talbot. It was sold in 1993 to the French conglomerate, Alcastel Alstom, which in turn sold it to the Taillan Group, owners of Chasse-Spleen and Haut-Bages-Libéral, in 1997. The talented Georges Pauli has remained as régisseur and winemaker throughout all these changes.
Gruaud-Larose has 84 hectares of vineyards located on a gravel-rich plateau just to the west of Château Beychevelle. Chateau Gruaud Larose has a terroir that is mostly gravel, with quartz, clay and sand based soil on the surface. Under the top soil you find more sand and limestone.However, clay plays more of an important role here than at other vineyards in the region, as there is more clay in the terroir of Gruaud Larose than you can find at any other St. Julien vineyard.