Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Gruaud Larose 2015, St Julien

R2,495

Beautiful expression of depth, complexity and ageworthiness for an impressive beauty!

Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

95 points

Story

Story

Château Gruaud-Larose is a 2ème Cru Classé property that produces one of St-Julien’s most full-bodied and long-lived wines.

For many years Gruaud-Larose was owned by the négociants Cordier, who also own Château Talbot. It was sold in 1993 to the French conglomerate, Alcastel Alstom, which in turn sold it to the Taillan Group, owners of Chasse-Spleen and  Haut-Bages-Libéral, in 1997. The talented Georges Pauli has remained as régisseur and winemaker throughout all these changes.

From a rich history, the estate has been undergoing a renaissance since the 1990s with technological improvements, and the new ownership in 1997 focused on quality and environment.

Specifications

Specifications

Vines – Average 46 years old

Blend – Cabernet Sauvignon 60% – Merlot 31% – Cabernet Franc 9%

Winemaking – 18 – 24 months in French, fine grain, oak barrels (80% new, the rest 1-2 years old)

The end of the winter 2015 is rather dry but with fairly low temperatures. April is average when it comes to rainfall and temperatures. The beginning of May is marked by heavy precipitation that fortunately stops around the second decade. Then temperatures are pleasant and typical for the season. Flowering happens in the perfect conditions! July is hot and dry with heatpeaks accelerating the phenology. August is rather cool with rainy episodes. Early September, the weather is beautiful, but heavy rainfall around the 10th; then mild temperatures with intermittent rainfall. The sanitary status is perfectly right until the end , enabling a perfectly ripe harvest.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, brilliant and clear. The nose is complex with hints of spices, red and black berries. Franc attack. The tannins are powerful and fleshy. Spicy finish with notes of cocoa

 

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 95 points

The ripe fruit that is a hallmark of this vintage at this estate has been maintained along with solid tannins and richness. This has both tannins and concentration although the fruit is the thing, making a wine that will develop relatively quickly. Drink from 2023.


James Suckling – 95 points
2 Feb, 2018 – Concentrated and elegant with a great harmony of dry tannins and ripeness (but no hint of overripeness), this has a long finish with a lot of drive and enormous freshness. You could drink this now with red meat, but it’s got decades ahead of it.

Decanter – 94 points
Excellent depth and complexity of fruit on the attack, with just a touch of austerity as it travels through the palate. After a few minutes, the fleshy fruit aromatics break though. This is elegant and balanced, a classic, old-school St-Julien. 80% new oak.

Wine Advocate – 93+points
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Gruaud Larose simply sparkles with bright, vibrant red cherries, ripe raspberries and fresh black currants notes with underlying suggestions of cinnamon stick, rose petals, fallen leaves and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied and possessing tightly wound red and black fruits layers intermingled with spicy accents, it has a firm, grainy frame and great vivacity, finishing long and perfumed. I’m probably being too conservative with my score here and expect this could blossom in 4-6 years into an even more impressive beauty!

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