Chateau Gruaud-Larose in Saint-Julien is one of only 14 second growths from the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux. This history of the property dates back to 1725. Since 1997, the property is owned by Jacques Merault and the Taillan group, which owns several esteemed Bordeaux properties including Ch. Citran and Ch. Haut-Bages Liberal.
Fermentation: 50% wood, 50% cement
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels (15% new, the rest 1-2 years old)
Blend: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot
A prototypical St.-Julien with a great balance of cassis and brambles with crisp acidity and rather elegant, dry tannins. I love the long, clean finish of this wine. You could drink this now, but should be better from 2019. The second wine of Château Graud-Larose. ~93 James Suckling
The 2015 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose is plump, fruity and delicious. Floral, citrus and spice notes perk up the red-toned fruit nicely in this attractive mid-weigh second wine from Gruaud-Larose. Although not especially complex, this tasty Saint-Julien will deliver plenty of pleasure over the next few years. ~Vinous Media
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