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2002 Château Gruaud Larose

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 90 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51407-2002-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    A sweet, fruity, medium-bodied, surprisingly forward effort, the deep plum/purple-colored 2002 Gruaud Larose exhibits ripe aromas revealing herbaceous as well as spice notes. There is some potentially worrisome astringent tannin in the finish, but the wine's depth augers well for this being ultimately resolved and integrated.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Aromas of sweet plums and tobacco follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A bit austere but well made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Hint of damp fur on the nose - dangerous! Quite luscious fruit, very light and ethereal. Lighter and readier than most but perhaps more in tune with the vintage character?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    Medium-dark ruby-red. Spicy plum and cocoa aromas are lifted by floral and minty notes. Enters the mouth surprisingly rich, then turns leaner in the middle palate, showing fresh blackcurrant and chocolate flavors of modest intensity. The moderately long finish features mounting, mouthcoating tannins. I doubt there's enough fruit here to support the tannins in the long run, so I'd drink this up over the next few years. Still, it's a very good wine given the difficulties of this rainy, coolvintage.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Dark plum red, almost rusty. Earthy at first, stable,must, some berry. Tart, mineral but very pleasant finish.
    Author: Rutiger
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

  • 239 bottles owned
  • 55 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 55 collectors)