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2009 Gruaud Larose 750ml
2009 Gruaud Larose
France - Bordeaux - St Julien / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2009 Gruaud Larose
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Ian D'Agata Issue: Issue 163

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. (ID)

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 199

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.

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WS
92

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

This has good density, with fleshy blackberry and blueberry cobbler flavors laced with anise, sweet spice and smoldering maduro tobacco notes. Long and well-structured, with fresh, embedded acidity.

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Community Reviews

87

Litig8tr Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 01/05/2013

Had this after the 2003 vintage and, had it been a blind tasting, I would have gotten them reversed. The 2003 was much more lively. The 2009 was flat and bland. If I tried, I could detect some blueberries, but that was about it. Flat finish. This wine is vastly overrated and overpriced.

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