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2020 Château Gruaud Larose En Primeur

2020 Château Gruaud Larose is released for sale En Primeur this morning.

Gruaud Larose has been an underperforming estate for some years.  This 2ème cru in St.-Julien should have the potential to compete with the Leovilles and Ducru-Beaucaillou, but rarely has done so.  Changes seem to be afoot, with winemaker Virginie Salette in charge since 2017 and the estate in biodynamic conversion since 2019. Jane Anson scores the 2020 vintage at 95 points, describing it as "Elegant yet driven with gentle power...A big shouldered St-Julien but with a wide nuance of flavours."  

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Château Gruaud Larose, St.-Julien

Producer Profile

Château Gruaud Larose, St.-Julien

Château Gruaud Larose is a Deuxième Grand Cru Classé in St.-Julien.  The estate is first mentioned in the early 1700s as being owned by a knight, the interestingly named Joseph Stanislas Gruaud.  Later in that same century, it was owned by a Joseph-Sébastian de La Rose, also adding his name.

In the19th century the estate fell into debt and was split into two halves; Gruaud-Larose-Faure and Gruaud-Larose-Sarget (owned by Baron Sarget, who built the château).  In 1917 Gruaud-Larose-Faure was purchased by the Cordier family and the whole estate reunited by them by the 1930s.  They sold the estate in 1983 and a series of owners followed (in part accounting for some of the inconsistency in vintages of this wine) until it was bought in 1997 by the Taillan group of companies (which includes Bordeaux merchants Ginestet, a Loire wine business and various other wine holdings).

The vineyards consist of 84 hectares on a gravel-rich plateau to the west of Beychevelle, planted to 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.  The second wine is Sarget de Gruaud Larose.


RED 2020 Château Gruaud Larose 75cl £695 per case of 12 Château Gruaud Larose
2020 / / 75cl
£695 per case of 12
Tasting Notes“79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Highest percentage yet of Cabernet in the blend. Fruit-driven and structured. Plenty of drive from the word go. Builds on the palate in persistent fashion, the refined tannins giving a long linear flow. Lovely fruit. Delicious now but has ageing potential. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL),"Elegant yet driven with gentle power, nothing going overboard or trying too hard. This takes a beat, then it comes strongly - evident spice and flesh, full of raspberry, blueberry, blackcurrant pastille, fennel, hawthorn and liquorice. The tannins build up through the palate and press in on the final moments. Virginie Salette winemaker since 2017. A yield of 32hl/ha. Vinify at around 22-23°C, so an extremely low and slow extraction. Harvest was from September 14 to 29. A big shouldered St-Julien but with a wide nuance of flavours. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine

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