The 1989 needs more time to shed its cloak of tannin; give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years. – Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Colour: Brilliant colour with garnet red, slightly tile-red hints
Aroma: Warm, fruity and mature with aromas of cherry but also game, like musk, meat juice and light truffle. A very racy wine.
Palate: In the mouth, a frank attack, tight but silky tannins. Plenty of volume, depth and finesse. Harmonious with overtones of fig and meat juice. Great length. Much finesse and elegance. Enjoy it now or lay it down a little longer.
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 65% , Merlot 27%, Cabernet Franc 6% and Petit Verdot 2%.
Aging: 16-18 months in French, fine grain, oak barrels, renewed by 30% every year to enhance the fruit.
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.