Chateau Gruaud Larose St Julien 2009

Robert Parker 95 Points!
James Suckling 95 Points!
Stephen Tanzer 94 Points!

Variety:  Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) and Merlot (32%) 
Appellation: Saint-Julien (Left Bank)
Region: Bordeaux, France



France, Bordeaux


Robert Parker 95 points!

As I wrote in my barrel tasting note, the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out. Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins. This beauty should be at its best between 2020-2045.

Robert Parker,, December 2011

Stephen Tanzer 94 points!

Dark ruby-red. Intense aromas of red cherry, cassis, aromatic herbs and cedar. Rich, dense and suave, with concentrated flavors of dark berries, cedar and quinine complicated by smoky and peppery nuances. Finishes very long and smooth, with a highly tactile quality to the cedar and cassis flavors. This Gruaud stands out for its purity, as it seems free of the earthy and gamey nuances that have been present in many past vintages. In fact, this impressive wine strikes me as the best young Gruaud-Larose in recent memory.

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July 2012