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 Vintage1966 Label 1 of 109 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1981 and 2006 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ricknat1 on 2/12/2015 & rated 93 points: This handily beat the 66 Haut Brion and was quite beautiful following the 61 which was stellar. Makes me want more aged Gruaud (434 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 1/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Château Gruaud-Larose 1928 - 2011: Deep and complex nose; fine length, sweet-and-sour, good complexity, a bit short. (655 views)
 Tasted by cadams on 10/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Medium brick red
Cherry, hint of oak
Bright acidity, lively on the palate, soft tannin, some red cherries, earth, cellar floor, dust (1085 views)
 Tasted by IWineAlot on 9/27/2014 & rated 91 points: This was a lovely old claret. Very earthy on the nose with flavors of mushroom,. forest floor, leather along with some red fruit still clinging on. On any other day this would have been a great wine, but it was overshadowed on this night by the '66 Montrose. (1013 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 9/26/2014 & rated 89 points: Old Wine Offline; 9/26/2014-9/27/2014 (The Room Off the Patio at Ruth's Chris, and My House): Beautiful, youthful, medium-light depth of color. A bit hard and chalky on the nose, with ample green pepper. Going a bit thin on the palate also, but the balance and mouthfeel are excellent. Still enjoyable but to drink up soon. (1231 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 5/5/2014: A beautiful bottle that glimmers with quality - a lot of body and complexity here that still has years left on it. Classic St Julien notes with a beautiful perfumed nose. If you have a good bottle then you are in for a treat. (1693 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 4/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Very enjoyable. Cork was newer so not sure how reconditioned thus the lower score. If consumed blind you would guess much younger. (1479 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 2/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Odds and ends in Munich (Munich, Käfer's): Mose of tobacco, leather, herbs. On the palate light, elegant, nice tannins, long finish. (1186 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 12/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Quite rich and robust, mushroomy, layers of red fruit, pretty long. Very satisfying. (1655 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 7/21/2013 & rated 94 points: Strong showing at a "bring-a-birth-vintage-bottle" in Austria ( my bottle). Best after some hours in the decanter, fully ripe, but with lots of reserves. Elegant, pure, classic old Bordeaux. (2478 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 3/16/2013 & rated 94 points: A classic wine and very much alive: fine nose, full of fruit and tobacco, nice length. Drinking very well right now and at least within the next five years. 2-3 hrs decanting suggested. Was groups Nr. 1 of the flight (Pichon Lalande, Montrose, Cos, all 66) (2169 views)
 Tasted by salil on 2/19/2013 & rated 94 points: Drinking so well now - this seems to be in that plateau of maturity with layers of red and dark fruit, cedar, leather, tobacco and pencil lead all coming together seamlessly on the nose and palate. The structure's fully integrated here and there's a sense of real polish and grace to the flavours. An absolutely stunning bottle. (2615 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 9/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Magic Number 6 - 2006,1996,1986,1976,1966 (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): From an old school little squat Cordier Bottle. Decanted for 30 minutes and definitely helped develop and open the wine which was muted on the nose on open. Has lots of fine sediment which we disturbed and was a bit of cloudy. Not as nice as the one we had a year ago but at this age the old saying of "there are only good bottles not good wines" holds true. Good level and cork.
Fully matured and the nose of of earthy, mushroomy, light cedar. Singing nose. On the palate the life is still there but far from its peak and although an enjoyable wine the vibrancy is fading and we would suggest having it sooner than later. Definitely go for Ex-Chateau bottles as the one we tried a year ago was definitely a lot better than this general trade one. 92 for this one (vs 95 for the Ex Chateau a year ago) (3569 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 12/6/2011 & rated 91 points: Garnet with amber edge. Some lactic notes to a very expansive nose. Hazelnut, leather. Lacks depth and seems a bit out of balance with prominent acid on the backend. Probably on the downward curve, but still a treat. (3935 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 10/16/2011 & rated 92 points: Three Dinners: The cork came out in one piece and looked surprisingly good. The nose is surprisingly elegant, as is the wine in the mouth. This showed really well with no off flavors, but also somewhat simple. The Beycheville poured next to it, was just a little more interesting in every way (3495 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 9/27/2011 & rated 95 points: Gruaud Larose Masterclass with David Launay (Fine & Rare Wines, London): Bricking red on the colour. Intense, "powerful" for its age (Much more than the 62) very much alive and vibrant on the palate. More earthy notes than fruit, some mint and cedar on the nose good acidity and balance. Very elegant well aged bordeaux and will look to buy more. ( Andreas 96 / Nicol 94) - 95 Overall. (3446 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/17/2011 & rated 88 points: Tea colored. Showing its age in color and taste as the fruit was extremely muted. Leather and some tobacco but fairly monolithic. (3148 views)
 Tasted by Old Course 72 on 12/31/2010 & rated 89 points: Showing age as expected but, also still firm and in need of some time to develop fruit. (2839 views)
 Tasted by Jossik on 12/30/2009 & rated 83 points: Un po' di muffetta inficia un po' la bevuta, comunque il vino è molto meno in forma dell'ultima volta (3487 views)
 Tasted by Jossik on 12/5/2009 & rated 93 points: Di incredibile integrità, gli si dava vent'anni di meno alla cieca. Naso di cuio e tabacco di quelli di classe, poi esce la frutta. Gran bella bocca. Emozionante (3530 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 8/6/2009: A '60's theme for a birthday boy. (Apiary.): A new glass for a new old wine. Much better. Classic old school Bordeaux, yet without the Cordier funk. Just everything that I like about old Bordeaux is present. Sweet, yet complex and perfectly proportioned. There's your typical cherry fruit, herb, earth and lead pencil complementing each other wonderfully. It's focused and fresh, showing both richness and elegance. Beautiful and long cherry finish. I could drink this all night. A-. (2899 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/13/2009 & rated 88 points: From 375 ml - bricking, browning, bright medium raspberry color with clear meniscus; very mature tobacco and leather nose; tart leather, charcoal, tart plum, tobacco, tart dried cherry and mineral palate, a little dried out; medium tart finish (3451 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 11/9/2008 & rated 93 points: Mischa's Round Robin Dinner (Lavanda Restaurant, Palo Alto, California): Bright dark red violet; shitake mushroom nose; tasty, shitake mushroom, tobacco, plum, iron and earth palate; medium-plus finish (3990 views)
 Tasted by Brad L on 7/15/2007: Been sitting on this bottle, with a decent fill level, for the better part of a year, and it just seemed like time to open. I slow oxygenated for 4 hours or so, don't know whether it benefitted or not. Very nice wine, still solid, and quite pleasurable, although on the monolithic side. Leather and tobacco of course, and with air it improved - with a slightly mentholated long leathery finish. We all wanted more. It took us maybe an hour and a half to finish, and my sense with the last glass was that it was starting to pack it in, but it is hard to tell. (3900 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 6/27/2007 & rated 90 points: Light color with not much bricking, ruby, more Burgundy like than Bordeaux. Has enough stuffing to go and go for years. Definate "age before beauty". (4052 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/13/2009)
(Château Gruaud Larose) From 375 ml - bricking, browning, bright medium raspberry color with clear meniscus; very mature tobacco and leather nose; tart leather, charcoal, tart plum, tobacco, tart dried cherry and mineral palate, a little dried out; medium tart finish  88 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/9/2008)
(Château Gruaud Larose) Bright dark red violet; shitake mushroom nose; tasty, shitake mushroom, tobacco, plum, iron and earth palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
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Château Gruaud Larose

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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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