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History

As a young man Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called « Gruaud ». A legend was born…

He died in 1771 and left the property that he had looked so well after to Monsieur de Larose. In 1781, the name of the new owner was added to that of its predecessor. The Cru then became «Gruaud Larose”. On November 28th 1795, Monsieur de Larose died. Messrs Balguerie, Sarget and Verdonnet became the new owners. In 1865, the undivided estate was shared between the heirs Balguerie and Sarget. This generated two crus: Gruaud Larose-Bethmann and Gruaud Larose-Sarget.

 

In 1917, Désiré Cordier bought the Sarget family's share. Then, several years before the start of the Second World War, he also acquired the Bethmann family’s share. On November 8th 1935, Désiré Cordier, owner of Gruaud Larose-Sarget, took the opportunity to unite the estate by buying Gruaud Larose-Faure. Thus reconstituted, the estate covered 137 hectares whereof 68 under vines.

The Suez Company bought the Cordier empire in 1983 and became de facto owner of Gruaud LaroseTen years later, in 1993, Gruaud Larose was sold to the industrial group Alcatel-Alsthom. In 1997, the Merlaut family, already owners of several Medoc cru estates, bought Gruaud Larose.

 

Gruaud Larose has always tried to give value to the role of man in the creation of its elixir; both to his work and to the bond established with the vineyard. The vine stocks and the grapes are nothing without man, without these makers of crus, from the most modest to the most powerful. Since its creation, four families have succeeded one another at the head of Gruaud Larose: the Gruaud and Larose families, the Balguerie and Sarget families, the Cordier family and the Merlaut family. In this way, in modern history, Désiré Cordier, mayor of the Saint-Julien village, passed the torch to his son, Jean, in October 1940. 

 

In the same way, Jacques Merlaut entrusted Gruaud Larose to his son, Jean. This family attachment has been passed on to the employees who often work at the chateau from father to son and from mother to daughter.

Wine is the son of the sun and the earth but was delivered by hard work.” Paul Claudel, French writer (1868-1955)

 

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Vineyards

During the Günzian Quaternary period, the Gironde River reached the heights of Saint-Julien where Gruaud Larose lies. To the native so-called red gravel the Gironde added black or white flints from the Périgord, and white or pink quartz pebbles from the Limousin region plus other stones from the Pyrenees the Tarn department. The dominant orange colouration makes it possible to date the basis of the terroir to more than a million years ago.


The soil consists of humus, clay, sand, and pebbles left behind by the river. The subsoil is made up of red, yellow and blue clay, and of sand and even pebbles worn smooth from the Pyrenean diluvium. 
The gravel keeps the soil from becoming a compacted, asphyxiating, blind mass. It breathes through all its pebbles that have accumulated over thousands of years in the original bed of the Garonne river, a river that all too often tries to regain the path it took in the ice age.  Acid and uncultivated, these gravels only become the terroirs of choice for elite viticulture after years of labour by generations of vine-growers.

 

Each generation has witnessed the blossoming of genuine artist-winemakers. Without the willpower and good work of these men, theterroirs would have become mere fields of vines. They have made and are still making a world-class vineyard. 
From the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 17th century the conquest of new vineyards progressed very slowly. Then, under the reign of Louis 14th, a powerful movement to expand viticulture - the “Planting Fury” - was born and continued to gain in popularity during the 18th century. During this first high point of the great Medoc vineyards, the overwhelming majority of the Gruaud Larose terroirwas already under vines and its name was already famous. 


The work of man in the vine is solitary, hard and comes with responsibilities. The gesture is both simple and complicated, the ambition both simple and spectacular, the work both paced and infinite. The tradition of the gesture reinforces the modernity of the techniques, experience consolidates with new viticultural innovation.

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Winemaking

The vine here requires constant attention and numerous tasks to be carried out during the year. The quality of the grapes remains an obsession, a healthy harvest being a prerequisite for a successful vinification.

The grapes are picked manually and are sent to the cellars so that the person in charge can control the vinification and the maturing of the wine. From then on there is a change of hands, not a change of destiny. The cellar master is there to attend to the year's offering and to master it. Everyone is at their post, the grapes are sorted again, chosen, selected by both man and machine. The destemmer performs its task and the grape bunch finds itself bare. The grapes are free - for a little while. The twisting pipes and the power of the machines are there so that the mixture of pulp, juice and skin find refuge in the large wooden vats to ferment.
Fruit of heaven and the sun, the story of this grape ends in the silence of the vat room. The story of the wine may now begin. 


Helped in his decisions by the owner, the oenologist and the vineyard manager, the cellar master blends and assembles the wines with great balance and harmony. 

From the vines to the cellar, wine is composed much like a symphony where each plays his part with deference to others. The exchange of information, tastings, a little help from computers and analysis all come into play in order to achieve an annual production of some 150 000 bottles of Gruaud Larose and 250 000 bottles of Sarget, the second wine of the property. 
The wines are matured away from the air and the light for 18 months in more than 1 300 French oak barrels.

 
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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Château Léoville-Las Cases 2021 95–96p /Medium-deep crimson. Blackcurrant lead-pencil cedar aromas with roasted chestnut notes. Classically structured wine with blackcurrant blackberry fruits, fine sinewy/ grainy tannins and roasted chestnut oak. Finishes muscular firm with leafy notes. Lovely precision. Fresh and voluminous but needs several years to show itself. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc, 5% merlot. Maturation in 85% new French oak. 13.2% alc

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 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Château Leoville Barton 2021 - 84% C. Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 3% C. Franc. 13.12% alcohol. Full, intense redcurrants. Tobacco leaves and leather. Sappy, strong structure and backbone, vibrant, great complexity and length. Refined and sophisticated touch. Lingering finish. Excellent one. 93-94p.

2m 26d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  20 wines 

2020 Le Pin 99-100p / Barrel sample. Great density, liquid silk or liquid cashmere, long, sophisticated, so decadent and with fantastic midpalate. Heavenly stuff

8m 14d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  29 wines 

1982 is an iconic vintage for Bordeaux, and for many wine lovers, it’s a reference point as a modern, ripe year that was delicious from the onset. The top wines are still holding up well and show no signs of fading. However, some of the lesser wines are starting to show its age. This ripe vintage has given us a wide drinking window, regardless of the specific appellation and terroir. For those that still have some top 1982 Bordeaux in your cellar, there is no rush to pull the cork. A long life ahead awaits these beauties.

11m 2d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  33 wines 

2018 Ornellaia /Ruby. Blackberries, anise, spices, detailed, fruit driven nose, intense. Floral high notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, anise, liquorice, detailed and intense, bit high alcohol, long finish. 94p

1y 5m ago

 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Petrus 1961 / Deep red-ruby color with an amber edge. Utterly singular perfumed, high-pitched aromas of loganberry, cherry and flowers. An awesomely concentrated wine of huge power and depth. Chewy with extract and wonderfully sweet and rich. Shows the strong iron note I often get from merlot on the Pomerol plateau, along with superripe suggestions of cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Finishes with great grip and length, and a bit less sweetness than the middle palate would suggest. Drink now through 2020.

2y 1m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Crazy, crazy Saturday dinner the 2nd May with friends (we did keep the distance, washing hands, etc.) and enjoyed some extraordinary bottles. We celebrated the liberation of Denmark from Nazis by the Brits, which happened on the 4th May 1945.  So, we mainly tasted 1945s, but wait a minute….


Somebody wise said once – “There aren’t great vintages, only great bottles!” And it was so obvious during the tasting. It was blind and very entertaining one! The wines served were both normal and magnum bottles. All chateau bottled.

2y 4m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  30 wines 

2010 Anne Gros Clos de Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui/Bright ruby. Scented, red berries, some dark fruits, fruity, ripe, light sous bois note, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark fruits, sweet notes, layered, intense, big, bit warm, somewhat alcoholic, rich and long. 93p

2y 5m ago

 Neal Martin/BWW2022 - Best Bordeaux Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 1961 Palmer is a wine that tends to deliver upon its gargantuan reputation and we were rewarded with an exemplary bottle here. It has a clear colour with modest bricking on the rim. The bouquet is difficult to encapsulate into words – utterly ethereal. Heavenly definition, almost Burgundy-like in purity with traces of pencil box and pressed violets. It grows in stature with each swirl of the glass and leaves you transfixed. The palate is bestowed beguiling balanced, almost symmetrical, framed by filigree tannin and pitch perfect acidity. Like the aromatics it coheres with aeration, the fruit undiminished by time even if it is no blockbuster. Quite the opposite – this 1961 Palmer is the apotheosis of finesse with just a hint of balsamic on the aftertaste. This Margaux can bring you to tears of joy. Tasted at the 1961 dinner Chairman Miaow’s in Hong Kong.

2y 6m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Opus One 2008 / Deep ruby, youthful, cassis, coffee, blueberries. Softer texture, feels very elegant even as it is so young, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, balanced, long length. 94

2y 6m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  35 wines 

If I should name the underdog wine region of the world, Loire it is! And more precisely Anjou and Saumur! Lovely range of Moulin Touchais wines from 1971-2006 are so expressive and Guiberteau's red and white wines from the Brézé hill astonishing. Along with these gems, Dean Hewitson's range charmed me with Cote-Rotie-like Ned&Henry's and Hermitage-like Truffle Row. 2018 Lulu Sauvignon Blanc refreshed the palate lovely - the best Sav from Hewitson so far!  

3y 23d ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gruaud-Larose . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Ein fantastisches Geburtstagsfest war das, was der liebe Bernd da veranstaltete. Leckere Schweinereien aus der Küche von Gerd Dehnen und dazu großartige Weine aus großen Formaten am laufenden Band. So blieb kein Glas leer, und von jedem dieser Weine kam zumindest ein anständiger Schluck ins Glas.

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