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    6
  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • 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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Ruby. Deeper nose, cassis. Vanilla, coffee, blackberries and blueberries nose, scented yet tight. Among the tightest this primeur. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins. Fresh, fruity, darker berries, spices, detailed, nuanced, long. 94-96

  • 95p

Medium deep colour. Fresh mulberry, cassis toasty roasted nut aromas with hints of sage. Generous and supple with fresh ripe pure dark fruits, almost velvety textures, juicy notes and lovely vanilla oak complexity. Tannins build up slinky and the acidity carries the whole shebang across the palate. Very impressive wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points                  

  • 96p

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Concentrated but closed character, slowly revealing aroma reminiscent of blackberries, black cherries and mild spices. On the palate well structured with fine acidity, ripe tannins and good length. 94

  • 94p

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Origin

St.Julien, Bordeaux

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Gruaud-Larose 2016  ( Château Gruaud-Larose )

Ruby. Deeper nose, cassis. Vanilla, coffee, blackberries and blueberries nose, scented yet tight. Among the tightest this primeur. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins. Fresh, fruity, darker berries, spices, detailed, nuanced, long. 94-96

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Gruaud-Larose 2016  ( Château Gruaud-Larose )

Medium deep colour. Fresh mulberry, cassis toasty roasted nut aromas with hints of sage. Generous and supple with fresh ripe pure dark fruits, almost velvety textures, juicy notes and lovely vanilla oak complexity. Tannins build up slinky and the acidity carries the whole shebang across the palate. Very impressive wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points                  

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Gruaud-Larose 2016  ( Château Gruaud-Larose )

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Concentrated but closed character, slowly revealing aroma reminiscent of blackberries, black cherries and mild spices. On the palate well structured with fine acidity, ripe tannins and good length. 94

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