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    1 374
  • Producer ranking ?

    33
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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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Tasting note

color

Mature, Brick red and Evolved

ending

Medium and Flavorful

flavors

Pepper, Toasty, Smoky, Port-like, Balsamic and Cassis

nose

Open, Rich and Forward

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Medium-bodied, Rich, Vigor and Perfumed

Verdict

Full-bodied and Intelligent

Written Notes

Mahogany colour. Complex nose with aroma reminiscent of prunes and cocoa powder, vanilla and gingerbread, hints of aromatic herbs, lovage, and marmite in the background. On the palate opulent and well-balanced with very good length, a velvety finish. 

  • 95p

Roasted coffe nose bit some jammy, bramble notes with spiciness. Medium-bodied, vivid acidity and genlte tannins are balanced with ripe bramble fruitiness. Fine but a bit two-dimensional wine. – JL 90p (Aug 2023)

  • 90p
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Origin

St.Julien, Bordeaux
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