2016 Gruaud Larose

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51407-2016-750-1A
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96

    Full-bodied, layered and juicy young wine. Very tannic yet ripe and intense. Powerful finish. This will be excellent. Better than the 2015.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2016 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September until 15 October (with the Petit Verdot) and matured in 80% new oak, the remainder one or two years old. The alcohol is a modest 13.02%. It has a generous bouquet with scents of blackberry, briary, a touch of sandalwood and tobacco, gaining more precision as it aerates in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, certainly one of the most finessed Gruaud Larose in recent years, with perfectly judged acidity. I love the focus here, a little understated at first but you cannot deny the intensity and precision on the finish. Moreover, this seems to be a slightly more detailed Gruaud, nuanced and long in the mouth. Excellent'and I suspect it might be a little more approachable than some of its peers.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    This delivers a pure beam of cassis and cherry preserves, underscored by a layer of warm dark earth. Stays polished in feel, with lovely freshness on the relatively open-knit finish.
    Author: James Molesworth
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  • 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

    • 112 bottles owned
    • 17 collectors