Chateau Gruaud Larose 2002

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 85214
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST91
  • RP90
  • WS89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • JS93
  • WE91
  • WS90
  • 2008
  • WE92
  • RP91
  • WS90
  • 2007
  • WE91
  • WS90
  • RP90
  • 1982
  • ST96
  • 1978
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

Vineyards 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec. Average age of vines 48 yrs. (Big, powerful and rich, great St. Julien)

89-91 Wine Spectator Barrel Sample

Critical Acclaim

"Deep ruby-red. Ripe, deep, brooding aromas of crystallized berries, minerals and spices; much more primary than the 2001. Then very ripe, dense and thick in the mouth, but with the vintage's lively acidity framing the candied berry flavors and extending the finish. This is better than the sample I tasted last year. Contains about 3% malbec, from vines planted in the 1980s. Range 89-91 points"
91 Points

"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. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018 Range 88-90"
90 Points

"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. Best after 2008."
89 Points

Learn About Chateau Gruaud Larose Map ItMap It

Chevalier de Gruard and Chevalier de La Rose owned this 70 hectare estate in Saint-Julien in the mid 18th century. Their two names were first associated on a label in 1781. Due to inheritance problems, the estate was divided in two until 1935, when Desire Cordier, who had already bought a part in the early 1900s, restored the domain to its original size. Since the 1980s,...

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Learn About St-Julien

(saint juhl-e-EHN) Cozy Commune The smallest of the top four Haut-Medoc communes, St-Julien is directly south of Pauillac. With no first growths to its name, the commune often goes overlooked. But it has 11 excellent second, third and fourth growths, and the highest proportion of classified growths of the top four. It doesn't have the concentration and powerful punch of a...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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