Colour: Deep, dark, opaque, purple red wine with a purple rim
Aroma: Scents of cassis, oak and gravel. Beautiful roses and geraniums on the nose and spice on the palate.
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.
Grape Varieties: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot
Awards: 93pts – Wine Spectator
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.