"Gruaud-Larose has often been described as a super-second, placing it in with the group of Deuxième Cru Classé properties that challenge the elite Premier Cru Classé estates for supremacy in Bordeaux.
"I must confess that whereas I see the quality in Gruaud-Larose, which has long been produced in a firm, masculine style, more recently with perhaps more finesse, I do not think it the leading challenger just yet; that title falls to Léoville-Las Cases. Nevertheless the wines are consistently good, and even in dubious vintages such as 1991, 1992 (although not so convincing on my most recent tasting), and 1993, they can be a source of unexpected pleasure; no doubt we have the skills of Pauli to thank for this.
"But the wine only occasionally hits the dizzy heights expected of a first growth, in vintages such as 1990, which is generally regarded as an outstanding wine, and 2000 which was certainly close to the required quality when tasted in 2003, sufficiently so for me to put away another six in the cellar."
— The Wine Doctor (on Ch. Gruaud-Larose)
Notes and Reviews
Neal Martin (88-90)
Touches of iodine and black olive tapenade inflecting the black fruits with a hint of boysenberry developing with time in the glass. Gaining some weight and intensity with each swirl. The palate is medium bodied, well balanced with firm, ripe tannins, good weight towards the Cabernet-dominated finish that has an insistent grip, touches of spice towards the finish. This is a very promising Sarget.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||40 years old|
|Vinification||Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel tanks with pumping over|
|Elevage||12 months in barrels (25% new oak)|