A very strong effort for Gruaud Larose, possibly eclipsed by what they have done in 2009, this is a pure, full-bodied Gruaud Larose with plenty of new saddle leather, cedar wood, black currants, cherries, licorice, and Provencal herbs. Spicy, earthy, full-bodied, and rich, it has hit its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for another 20 or more years.
The finest effort from this estate since 1990, Gruaud-Larose has turned out a less animalistic, opaque purple-colored classic displaying notes of smoke, ripe black currants, minerals, earth, pepper, and barbecue spices. The wine has a firm tannic underpinning, full body, and a thick, rich style with noticeable creamy new oak. This is a true vin de garde that will require considerable patience given its structure and tannin levels. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.