2001 Gruaud Larose

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 90 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51407-2001
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot): Ruby with a pale rim. Rich, ripe nose offers red cherry, plum, spice, mineral and violet aromas. Dense, chewy and fresh, with precise, intense red and black fruit flavors complicated by a hint of licorice. Features a persistent saline note on the rich, long, slightly chunky finish. A very successful Gruaud.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Mid crimson. Just slightly animal on the nose. Supple well-mannered palate entry. Then dry. Less luscious than Lagrange, and less luscious than many vintages of Gruaud, but it may well last longer.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Surprisingly accessible as well as supple, this 2001 St.-Julien reveals a deep plum/purple color along with a rich bouquet of smoke, roasted vegetables, black currants, plums, licorice, and Asian spices. Velvety-textured and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit, and a plump, expansive, plush texture, this is an atypically forward Gruaud Larose to drink now and over the next 12-14 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    This shows a rich and dense nose of blackberry, coffee and smoke. Full-bodied, with soft and round tannins and a long, smoky finish. Very fresh and velvety. GL is really doing excellent things these days, even in less-than-easy vintages. Best after 2008. 2,455 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 82

    Darkly colored but with a very light and insubstantial nose - very herbal with vegetal notes of green bell pepper and asparagus. Very tannic in the mouth with minimal green, under ripe fruit. Very disappointing effort from Gruaud Larose - I would have hoped it was a bad bottle but the Ch?teau stated that it was not. 57% Cabernet and 30% Merlot with a blend of Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot rounding out the cepage.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2018
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 95

    enjoyed during the holidays, great wine
    Author: GinoN
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Garnet in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Black currant (cassis). Forest floor. Full bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish.
    Author: Wyndell Black
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Great nose perfectly balanced drinking well righ now
    Author: copiron
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Started out tight and slightly tart, but after 60 minutes in a wide decanter began to open. Nice balance of cassis, iron, plum and earth; quite corpulent on the palate with a long finish. Not as big or ripe as the 2003 or 2005, but very balanced and agreeable. Shows the smooth suppleness of a Margaux with the concentration, preciseness and bouquet of a Pauillac. Drink now through 2016.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2016
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Very good, stills years ahead of very fine drinking, just starting to get the complexities of this house fans always looking.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: Jito72
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 817 bottles owned
  • 146 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 146 collectors)