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  • Food Pairing

    Spring lamb served pink with fresh herbs

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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.


Wine Information

No vintage in the post-World War era has a reputation as great as 1945. Its legendary status is well deserved based solely on the quality of the wines, but the fact that it is the “victory” vintage following World War II only adds to its luster. 1945 was a remarkably good vintage for virtually every wine region in the world, but it was especially great for Claret. Interestingly, the harvest in Bordeaux got underway on September 13th, the same date as the 1982 harvest began exactly 37 years later. 

The top reds of Bordeaux started out with massive levels of tannin and took decades to develop. Due to the high concentration of fruit and tannin levels, many of the wines still show beautifully today.





Vintage 1945

Le meilleur millésime du monde – 1947 ou 1945 ? Tastingbook a dégusté tous les meilleurs vins de ces deux grands millésimes.

Si l’on demandait aux producteurs de vin de différentes régions de nommer les meilleurs millésimes de leur histoire viticole, la plupart nommeraient 1947 ou 1945 comme l’un des grands. Si nous les comparions ensuite, il n’y aurait probablement qu’un seul millésime que la plupart, sinon tous les producteurs, avaient nommé sur la liste – 1947.

Nous voulions tester cette théorie et nous les avons goûtées les unes contre les autres et le gagnant était 1947 – de loin.

Le millésime 1947 fut un millésime magique. Il reste dans l’histoire comme l’un des seuls millésimes que toutes les régions viticoles de qualité bien établies dans le monde ont été bénies avec de superbes conditions météorologiques. Les vagues de chaleur ont été vécues partout dans le monde et, par exemple, toute l’Europe battait sous un soleil de plomb et connaissait une vague de chaleur pendant l’été. Il en est résulté des raisins très concentrés et très mûrs. Les producteurs ont eu du mal à manipuler les raisins très mûrs avec des niveaux élevés de sucre car il y avait un risque constant de contamination bactérienne dans des caves moins hygiéniques qui n’avaient pas de systèmes de refroidissement artificiels. Comme il n’y avait pas de technologie à utiliser, beaucoup ont invoqué sur d’énormes blocs de glace pour refroidir la température de la pièce et même mettre de la glace dans leurs cuves de fermentation.

Ce millésime s’est avéré donner des vins de très longue durée du monde entier. Les vins sont marqués par un caractère fruité doux et mûr et un alcool réchauffant. En raison des installations de vinification peu hygiéniques, de nombreux vins présentent des caractères volatils. Certains pourraient trouver cela comme un défaut, mais pour de nombreux amateurs de vin matures, cette caractéristique est même un personnage préféré. Cependant, lors de l’achat des vins de ce millésime, il faut être conscient qu’il existe un niveau élevé de variations de bouteilles et que le risque d’avoir des vins très volatils est remarquablement élevé.

1945 est une année exceptionnelle dans toute la France, de la Côte-Rôtie à Bordeaux. En raison des conditions chaudes et sèches, les raisins étaient très concentrés et produisaient un rendement extraordinaire, mais malheureusement faible. La récolte de 1945 a été une récolte précoce, qui a commencé à la même date que 1982, le 13 septembre. Les vins ont commencé leur vie avec des niveaux massifs de tanin et ont pris plusieurs décennies à se développer. En raison des niveaux élevés de tanins, de nombreux vins montrent encore bien aujourd’hui.


Average Bottle Price

2015 2010 2005 2000 1995
1 290€ +19.8% 1 077€ +36.3% 790€ +80.0% 439€ +16.4% 377€

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Tasting note


Long, Smooth and Gentle


Intense, Opulent and Ripe




Complex, Full-bodied, Fresh, Rich, Vigor and Sweet

Written Notes

The 1945 Gruaud Larose was ‘too tannic’ per Bipin. I wrote a few more words, but ‘cold, simple and easy’ were all I could read (90M).
  • 90p

Garnet colour. Elegant nose with balmy spices, discreet minerality and hints of dried fruits in the background. Vanilla and gingerbread spices complementing the nose. On the palate well-balanced with fine acidity, discreet sweet fruit, balmy spices and excellent length. 

  • 97p
Château Gruaud Larose 1945 was great, but not so much in the pleasure category anymore. Very firm, well-structured and with very complexe, ageing aromas. But most of it’s fruit had gone, and a certain severeness prevailed.
  • 96p
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Inside Information

“Gruaud gets its inspiration from the soil, the tannins and the terroir. Larose brings poetry, aromas and bouquet.”

Gruaud gets its inspiration from the soil, the tannins and the terroir. Larose brings poetry, aromas and bouquet. So could Abbé Gruaud have described his wine, a wine full of Elegance and Force. Château Gruaud Larose is different from other wines. Abbé Gruaud wanted it subtle, racy, comparable to the most beautiful artworks in the world. Year after year, we continue his work. Always timid and reserved when young, a Gruaud Larose slowly reveals its character. Sometimes showing a capricious nature, it decides one day to express its Force and then another day to reveal its Elegance. One says that it “is very Larose” when it is young, elegant and charmer. But this Larose hides a power that only faithful friends can feel. At the first approach, you feel charmed and wish to meet again to better know and discover its personality.

Further talks and exchanges and then the wine tells you more about itself, it is like a revelation. Only at this point, you can perfectly perceive that the underlining and structuring force, due to a traditional and rigorous education, becomes elegance and refinement. Then, at its most beautiful age, the wine becomes poetry. Suddenly aromas and bouquet, the strong identity of both soil, tannins and terroir seem eternal like for the 1870 vintage.

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