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Gruaud-Larose is a star of the Saint-Julien appellation. The 2011 is a big, spicy and tannic red which will is amazing for any Bordeaux lover. Black fruit and plum are dominant on the nose, enhanced by interesting floral aromas and notes of cedar. While it is a tannic wine, its acidity ensures a beautiful freshness and a perfect balance. We love the long finish and its potential for ageing: if you are patient enough, it will only improve in the bottle.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Gruaud-Larose
Classification: 2nd Grand Cru Classé
Type: Dry red wine
Grapes: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc
Drink from now to 2031
Open 1 hour before
Serve at 16-18°C
Food pairing: A beef bourguignon will be a perfect match for this aromatic and tannic wine.
Age of vines: 46 years old
Maturing: 18 to 24 months in oak barrels (40% new)
|What experts say|
15.5 "Attractive dark fruit and lots of toasty oak sweetness. More aromatic than most in this flight. Soft, juicy, slightly simple, softly textured. Gentle harmony but not much excitement. A bit soupy and lacking finish. (JH)"
89-91 - "I would have rated the 2011 Gruaud Larose slightly higher if it had not been for the abundant, dry, slightly astringent tannins in the finish. Nevertheless, there is a lot to like about this plum/purple-tinged St.-Julien. Notes of unsmoked, high quality cigar tobacco are intertwined with plum, black currant and dusty, earthy, loamy soil characteristics. The wine reveals good richness, medium body and a structured, somewhat formidable level of tannin that needs to melt away before this 2011 can be fully enjoyed. Give it 2-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades."
|17 - "Rich, supple, slightly spicy fruit, attractive touch of oak, seductively forward but will age well. Drink 2015-2025."|
90 - "The plum, cassis and raspberry fruit is allied to singed sandalwood and apple wood notes, with a lingering spice accent on the judiciously toasty finish. A rather elegant rendering of St.-Julien that should hold on well enough in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2025."
|16.5 - "Delicate and mellow texture, more of a medium-bodied with very refined tannins and diversified aromas, notably a very interesting coffee note."|
17 - "Beautiful palate expressing rose and violet. It is long and intense, silky and fresh all together."