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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 142 
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)087000317550

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2017 (based on 32 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 106 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rojoloco on 4/23/2015 & rated 92 points: One of my favorite wines since the 1982. This one had the same flavor profile which I love. Not as elegant as the 82 but maybe because of age. A lovely wine. I have yet to have a Gruaud Larose that I didn't like. This is not a fabulous vintage but it was still lovely-- after a 2 1/2 hour decant. Didn't taste it periodically so might have opened up earlier. (695 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 1/30/2015 & rated 93 points: Drank alongside a 1999 Haut-Brion over two days; of the two this was the more rustic and most Bordeaux like. It featured a blackcurrant, earthy, and gravel driven bouquet and taste profile. Of substantive weight and structure, medium minus to medium tannin, with a rounded and full mid palate. Substantive back, seductive and texturally appealing finish of very good length. Both wines were impressive in different ways, but this second wine cost a fraction of the Haut-Brion. (1558 views)
 Tasted by zenithon on 12/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice earthy french Bordeaux. Medium tannins, some bright fruit. I think this one is near it's peak though, I wouldn't hold out much longer if you have one lying around. (1587 views)
 Tasted by Tavastgatan on 11/23/2014 & rated 89 points: Six years since last bottle and no improvment. Nose is fine with lovely mature notes, but the fruit seems to be drying out. Next bottle will tell. (1994 views)
 Tasted by DonDon on 8/24/2014 & rated 88 points: For me this is still really disappointing. Just lacking in depth and flavour (2608 views)
 Tasted by xcblazer10 on 7/17/2014 & rated 95 points: Better than last time (2365 views)
 Tasted by ItamarL on 4/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Brown & Red Color. No Sediment at all.
The nose is stink at it best!!
Can really smell the vines and the dirt. LOVED IT!

Balanced acidity and bitterness on the palate.

Not getting better after 45 min but not going back as well.

Can be aged for several more years. (2571 views)
 Tasted by jaumealaska on 3/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Drank this with some younger CA cabs and was struck by the style difference. Notes of leather, licorice, tobacco in the nose, good round fruit, cherry cassis tobacco in the body with a nice finish. Still decent tannins. Worked great with our beef burgundy. I have had consistent good luck with this estate (2385 views)
 Tasted by chitownmb on 2/21/2014 & rated 88 points: Notes of tar and earth with a light accent of bright fruit and medium tannins on the finish. Not as well balanced as I had hoped for. (2248 views)
 Tasted by chefdilletante on 2/10/2014: In full stride. Two hour decant. Tannins are resolved. The finish is magical; a one-minute pencil box reverb. Plenty of saddle leather and sous bois. Ready to drink but should keep in this position for several years to come. (1810 views)
 Tasted by macker100 on 2/9/2014 & rated 90 points: 1999 Bordeaux Tasting in San Antonio: At '99 horizontal. Very nice Gruaud. Nose had some glycerin with iron, blackcurrant. Smooth tannins with good sweetness and spice. Solid. (1713 views)
 Tasted by xcblazer10 on 11/3/2013 & rated 85 points: This wine was unimpressive at first. Lacking any complexity or structure. However after an hour, it opened up considerably and became a nice glass of easy drinking bordeaux. (2013 views)
 Tasted by dimdic on 10/27/2013 & rated 91 points: This bottle opened up perfectly and believed to be at peak. Powerful nose and flavor of animals, coffee, blackberry and blackcurrant. Comfortable and smooth drinking. Impressive. (1889 views)
 Tasted by cos82 on 10/23/2013 & rated 91 points: Much better than last tried over a year ago. Delicious and better than expected for the vintage. Cherry red and a beautiful cherry nose. Cherry, ash and earth on a smooth and balanced palate. No tannin and ready to drink. (1866 views)
 Tasted by Steve Hutto on 9/10/2013 & rated 92 points: How can you not like Gruaud Larose? This is not their best effort, but still is very enjoyable with barnyard, earth, tampenade. Had this on a saturday afternoon with black olive tampenade, black olives, assortment of salami, and assorted blue cheeses. Ahhh!!! (2206 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 6/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Forest floor and classic Bordeaux, this is filled with spicey flavors or black currents, dark cherry, sweet tobacco and leather. A rich, dense, mouth fill of satisfaction. (2773 views)
 Tasted by md20 on 5/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Mittlere bis starke Struktur. Typischer St. Julien Gewürzmischung mit feinen Noten nach Cabernet. Sogar in diesem schwierigen Jahr sehr, sehr gut gelungen! Keine Anzeichen von Brett. Der Wein macht richtig Spass. Wenn man ihn preiswert bekommt, zugreifen! 92/100 (2327 views)
 Tasted by Julian Marshall on 2/11/2013: A great example of Gruaud, quite full bodied with the trademark spicy blackcurrant, dark plum and black cherry flavours. Not a trace of brett. Very long and enjoyable finish, a wine that should hold for at least another decade. Remarkable wine in the context of the vintage and excellent value. (3216 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 2/5/2013 & rated 92 points: I always take great joy when I can begin a tasting note by saying that it is "hard not to like this one." This is the case with this bottle (which was purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion). Deep-to-opaque red/garnet in color, this iteration of Gruaud Larose shows an intense nose of black currants, pipe tobacco, spice and earth. The wine is medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium supple tannins and seamless alcohol (which is listed as 12.5%). The aromas lead to similar flavors, with a solid middle and medium-length, supple finish which adds a floral component. Now likely on plateau, this is a wine which should provide steady pleasure for another decade (or more). Drink now-12/22. (3202 views)
 Tasted by Burgaddict on 1/31/2013 & rated 91 points: One of the first wines I bought 10 years ago. Lovely nose, graphite and cassis. Taste also black cassis fruit, soft tannins, fresh and balanced. Drinks superb now. (2944 views)
 Tasted by stealthman_1 on 1/7/2013 & rated 91 points: An interesting range of scores and descriptors here. The first of 9 bottles bought on release, mostly at BevMo. Upon opening, huge meaty, gamey and deep tobacco notes soar from the bottle, filling the dining room with Bordeaux essence. There is a reason why I've always liked this wine. I must say it's in need of ten more years, which really isn't a shocker. It opened fairly full in the mouth, it closed up to a tart tannic wine within 45 minutes, then began to flesh out again as we finished the bottle. Red currants and chalky tannins are stand outs right now, there is plenty of earth and saddle leather. It doesn't have the full fruit of a greater vintage, but I think it's got a nice future for anyone with a bit more patience. (2838 views)
 Tasted by chokkon on 12/24/2012: decanted for >4 hours (crystal); might have lost some sparkle; still deep and complex, viscous, leather, fat, funghi, pepper;18 (976 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/13/2012 & rated 91 points: Some pleasant barnyard and luxurious oak with cigar box and tobacco in the bouquet. On the palate dark fruits and a bit drying sticky tannin. Good acidity. Long finish. This wine needs another few years to become fully mature. Around 2014 - 2015 probably. (759 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 10/27/2012 & rated 93 points: Powerful nose of cassis, cèpes de Bordeaux, cigar box, gamey, wild animal... in the mouth, mushrooms, cèpes de Bordeaux, silky tannins, meaty, gamey, ripe red fruit (3734 views)
 Tasted by DonDon on 10/11/2012 & rated 86 points: Just remarkably lacking in depth of flavour. A consistent let down even if well balanced and with a lovely nose (2876 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/22/2007)
(Château Gruaud Larose) Mature tobacco, leather and black fruit nose; tasty, solid, tart black fruit, leather palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, July 2003
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) A dark red-purple, glossy appearance. On the nose it has sweet, slightly confected blackcurrant and cherry fruit. The palate has bags of structure, with plenty of sweet, ripe, concentrated fruit. Massive tannins. Very backward. Needs seven to ten years.  16+ points
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Château Gruaud Larose

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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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