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1999 Château Gruaud Larose

  • 89 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51407-1999

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    An exotic perfume of tapenade, new saddle leather, damp earth, black currants, cherries, and smoke jumps from the glass of this impressive, powerful 1999. The wine is medium-bodied with moderate tannin. This dark plum/ruby-colored St.-Julien requires another 2-3 years of cellaring.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Full medium ruby. Highly aromatic, expressive nose combines currant, espresso, saddle leather and roasted meat. Sweet, lush and smooth, but given definition by its vinosity. Not especially refined, but plummy and mouthfilling. Ripe tannins saturate the teeth and the sides of the mouth on the long finish.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Rather luscious nose and thick and dense. Lots of fruit. Still quite dry finish. Muscular. Trying to punch at top vintage weight. Medium body - a real success and very good value.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Well done. Good, dark color to this '99, with lots of plummy, berry and cassis character. It's medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. 21,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Had as one of six |blends| for a party. Feedback and impressions are mostly in comparison to the other five wines. This wine took a long time to show. It was the only French wine with four Italians. Over time, opened and was fine, though probably less well liked.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Medium black cherry translucent red colored wine with an already big smoky nose with cherry and earth nuances. Tight on the palate but tannins are integrating nicely. 64% Cabernet, 24% Merlot, 9% Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 92

    What a pretty wine. Needs 1-2 hours in a decanter, as the 2nd glass was more properly developed. Quite classic and enveloping with St Julien aromas of lead pencil, dark fruit and leather. Medium-full, and long. Tannins smoothed out and integrated on that 2nd hour. Great show. 82 96 and now 99. This house knows how to do it in big and small years.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2018
    Author: Miguel L
The phrase "The King of Wines..." adorns its label, but this isn't Bordeaux Budweiser. In fact, St. Julien's Second-Growth-classified Chateau Gruaud Larose was known as "the wine of kings" back in the late 1700s and continues this legacy today. The most notable recent example is President Chirac serving 1990 Gruaud Larose to President Clinton at Parisian bistro L'Ami Louis in June, 1999.

The chateau occupies 84 hectares on a gravel-rich plateau in St. Julien neighboring Chateau Beychevelle. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wines are often complex, opulent and flamboyant and always age worthy. The finest examples of Gruaud Larose in recent memory are 2010, 2000 and 1990.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 431 bottles owned
  • 102 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 102 collectors)