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2009 Château Gruaud-Larose

Original price was: $295.00.Current price is: $250.00.
  • Producer
    Château Gruaud-Larose
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Saint Julien
  • Size

The Property Has A Younger History Than Most Of Its Cohorts. Its Origins Date To 1725 And The Knight Joseph Stanislas Gruaud. The Property Was Called Fond-bedeau, And Was Administered By Two Gruauds; One A Priest And The Other A Magistrate. The Magistrate, The Chevalier Du Gruaud, Died In 1778 And His Part Of The Property Was Deeded To Joseph Sebastian De La Rose, Who Renamed This Property Gruaud-la Rose Or Gruaud-larose. This Piece Was Classified As A Second Growth In 1855.

Control Of The Property Was Split Among Multiple Descendants, But The Property Remained Intact Until 1867 When It Was Split Into Château Gruaud-larose-sarget (After The Baron Sarget) And Château Gruaud-larose-faure (After Adrien Faure, Who Married One Sophie Bethmann, Heiress To A Portion Of The Estate). The Two Châteaux Were Reunited By The Cordier Family, Who Purchased The Sarget Piece In 1917 And The Faure Piece In 1935; The Château Became A Centerpiece Of The Many Cordier Properties Along With Château Lafaurie-peyraguey And Château Talbot.

Tasting Notes

95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
As I wrote in my barrel tasting note, the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out. Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins. This beauty should be at its best between 2020-2045.

95 Points Vinous
The 2009 Gruaud Larose has a fresh, backward, tightly coiled bouquet with ample blackberry and bilberry fruit, fine tension and focus, a nose that is intending to last the distance (and why not?) The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and vibrant, laced-like tannin with a wonderfully detailed and persistent finish. This is some quality winemaking here and it is a wonderful 2009 Saint-Julien. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

2009 Château Gruaud-Larose