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  • Country ranking ?

    1 305
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

The Gruaud Larose terroir is truly remarkable and unique. It is a single vineyard of 80 hectares with gravels from the Gironde estuary, dating from the Mindel Ist and Mindel IInd (about 700 000 years ago), and that in some places are over 18 feet deep. The soil is very poor and sandy, and therefore does not hold water. Drainage is one of the major concerns of a conscientious vine-grower.

It is also an important factor at Gruaud Larose where nineteenth-century underground pottery drains have been found. The natural draining system due to the poor quality of soils, from the hot and dry summers, and mostly from their position on the highest plateau of Saint-Julien - 18 metres high from the sea level -, constantly exposed to the north and west winds, favour both soil and optimum maturity for grapes. In fact, Nature has given here a magical aspect to this unique estate vineyard.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2013 2010 2005
304€ +2.0% 298€ +7.2% 278€ +91.7% 145€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium and Harsh

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High tannin, Vigor and Drying tannins

Written Notes

Another beautiful nose, less effusive than the Leoville Las Cases, but better than most and showing a nice floral note along with the cedar, vanilla, earth and fruit. The wine starts slowly but builds on the palate, showing great balance and a lovely core of cherry fruit. Rich, ripe flavors. Nicely nuanced and great satin feel; the wine gives you a lot to think about. Surprisingly good stuff. Parker scored it 96 at his last tasting. I’ll go with 95.

  • 95p
Just a beautiful wine, herbs, red cherries, and spices, swirl appealingly on the bouquet. Throughout there are enticing layers of complexity, green olives, plum tart, cherry, tobacco, smooth tannins, and exquisitely integrated acidity. There are peppers and chocolate on the mid palate, great concentration and a sexy silkiness that keeps luring you on. There are truffles and a wonderful core of fruit that lap at the palate on the enduring, pronounced, slightly saline accented, vivacious finish. This is a remarkable wine, with plenty of life ahead of it. 96 Points
  • 96p
Medium orange-garnet colour. Superb aromas: Prune, fig, cigar wood, Indian spices and touch of cured meat. Middle weight with a beautiful texture and elegantly balanced, long tobacco finish. Delicious wine. 94 points
  • 94p
Extreme crystals in the neck even, lots of sediments. Flirting nose, detailed, elegant, nuanced, refined, playful, floral, scented, red and darker fruits, minerals, leather, seductive as few, superb nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, detailed, nuanced, elegant, layered, refreshing, red and dark fruits, forest floor, anise, anise, very long. 96
  • 96p

Information

Origin

St.Julien, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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