About the Wine
Chateau Gruaud-Larose in Saint-Julien is one of only 14-second growths from the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux.
This historical estate was formed in the early 1700s and has since changed hands half a dozen times. It was most recently purchased by the Taillan group and the Merlaut family in 1997. This wine group owns a variety of other properties including Ch. Haut-Bages Liberal (fifth growth), Ch. Ferriere (third growth), Ch. La Gurgue, Ch. Camensac (fifth growth), Ch. Chasse Spleen, and Ch. Gressier Grand Poujeaux.
Château Gruaud La Rose is located in the Medoc region, a region that boasts the largest concentration of Grand Cru Wines. This area benefits from a microclimate that is ideal for good-quality vines to thrive. The terroir at Château Gruaud La Rose consists of Garonne gravel that settled over 600,000 years ago during the first quaternary period. This results in complex and deel wines that are meant to age.
Since the 2019 vintage, Château Gruaud La Rose has taken steps towards conversion to Organic Farming and also employs Biodynamic tools and practices, such as using herbal teas derived from various plants instead of chemical pesticides and providing trace minerals to the vines.
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2019 is looking to be an outstanding year for the Left Bank. Vinous Media blessed this vintage with a 97-point review and said, "2019 is unquestionably a Left Bank vintage."
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.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
The 2019 Gruaud Larose is performing extremely well in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries and plums mingled with notions of licorice, potpourri, pencil shavings and subtle soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with powdery tannins and succulent acids, it's remarkably suave and refined for a wine of obvious breadth, concentration and power. ~95+ Robert Parker
Attractive aromas of ripe dark and blue fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, hazelnuts and wet soil. Dense and compact with layers of polished tannins that hold long and even on the palate. Firm finish with notes of chocolate and crushed stones. Pretty finish. Try after 2026. ~94 James Suckling
The nose is fruity and gourmet. There are lovely notes of fleshy strawberry, red berries and, more slightly, grey pepper, combined with fine touches of crushed blackberry and delicate hints of vanilla and cardamom. The palate is fresh, mineral, balanced and offers elegance, a nice gourmandise, a finely unctuous matter, a fine straightness as well as a nice salinity/iodine. On the palate, this wine expresses notes of pulpy wild strawberry, crushed redcurrant and, more slightly, fresh meadow flowers combined with touches of crushed blackberry as well as hints of vanilla, cardamom and a subtle touch of pepper. The tannins are precise and racy. Good length. Nice sapidity. Good persistence. ~92-93 VertdeVin
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