Colour: Dark ruby color
Aroma: Sweet black cherries, licorice, earth, and spice.
Palate: Revealing more grip and tannin since bottling, the 1995 Gruaud-Larose is nearly as structured and tannic as the 1996. Rich, with medium to full body, high tannin, and subtle oak in the background.
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 65% , Merlot 27%, Cabernet Franc 6% and Petit Verdot 2%.
Awards: 90pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
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.