This famous and historic Saint Julien 2nd growth is popular throughout the world and is usually released at the most reasonable price of all the so-called "super-seconds". The 82 hectare vineyard is one of the largest of the classed growths.
|Bordeaux||2019||Gruaud Larose||BT||15 \ 6||186||650.00||12||186||72.222221333333||94.00||94.00||Gruaud Larose||0.75||10|
|Bordeaux||2019||Gruaud Larose New||MG||5 \ 0||30||665.00||6||30||73.888888666667||94.00||94.00||Gruaud Larose||1.5||10|
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Although Gruaud Larose is part of the UGC that sent over samples from its members, they decided not to take part, a decision that I respect. I look forward to tasting their 2019 when I can go to Bordeaux.
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby colour with a silky nose of cassis and sous bois. There is a hit of exotic spice, but the underlying tone is of fresh forest fruits. The palate is graphite-led and chalky, showin real savoury restraint. This is an elegant style with fresh, savoury fruit framed by ample chalky tannins. Classically proportioned, it is a wine that focuses on balance over power. Pencil shavings, hedgerow fruit and fresh tobacco linger on a deeply savoury yet youthful finish. Give it 5-7 years to integrate, at which point it should drink well fort 15+ years.
The 2019 is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The abv is 13.65%. The wine will be aged for 18-24 months in 80% new French oak. Samples will not be sent out this year due to concerns over stability of the embryonic wine during international shipment, so there will likely be little critical review ahead of release.
Savoury, chiselled and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated fruits, totally gorgeous and so moreish. Controlled power, huge precision, with an elasticity to the tannins. It is Left Bank in a glass, St Julien in a glass, and easily one of the greatest Gruaud Larose's at this stage for a good few decades. Harvest September 20 to October 5. First year in certified organic conversion. Totally beautiful. 80% new oak