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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Chateau Gruaud Larose  1986
Chateau Gruaud Larose 1986
(search item no. 6289)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $189.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1985 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1983 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1982 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is full bodied, but elegant with lots of fruit when young. The wine ages very well and develops all the characteristics of a great Bordeaux.

Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% petit Verdot.

My Notes:

About Chateau Gruaud Larose:

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 Désiré Cordier, who had already bought a part in the early 1900s, restored the domain to its original size.

Since the 1980s, Gruard Larose has been held by groups of institutional investors before coming into the hands of the Merlant family in 1997. The vines are in a single block on a rise consisting of deep red gravel. Georges Pauli and his team have been responsible for winegrowing since 1970. Due to their expert care, Gruard Larose's soil is able to express its full potential. The wine is more than ever worthy of its Second Growth status in the 1855 classification.