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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 286 
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)087000313804, 087000336810, 3251099803257, 3460270006480, 649944980643

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2018 (based on 39 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 147 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rogershkg on 1/19/2016 & rated 91 points: Colour perfect red, clear as a bell. Nose dark fruit. Taste long and typical cabernet (479 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 12/23/2015 & rated 93 points: From half bottle and decanted for a good hour.
Classic well evolved claret. Earthy, cedar, light fruit. On the palate it carries the same tune, well evolved and feels like it's at peak now.mwould have liked some more fruit to be honest given the age but still a beautiful wine. 92-93 (1044 views)
 Tasted by chcook on 10/18/2015: PNP. Cork perfect. On first opening this had a horsey bretty funk that blew off after a couple of minutes. The nose had a bell pepper note but otherwise classic Bordeaux. On the palate this had great density and depth and really this is very primary despite almost 20yrs age. Thks Kevin! (1611 views)
 Tasted by mikeharris on 7/26/2015 & rated 93 points: Bring the funk baby! I have acquired a love of GL and it's unique funkiness. This was fun to drink.

Decanted and opened up over several hours. Nice deep red/purple GL color that you've come to love. Let the intense barnyard funk blow off a bit. After a few hours the nose opens with dark cherry, plum, blueberry, hints of cedar and just the right amount of wet barnyard GL funk. Your palate is struck immediately by ripe, dark cherry and plum fruit and followed by some floral and forest floor hints. Smooth and round in the mouth the tannins are fully integrated. Wonderfully long blueberry and cassis finish.

This is ready to drink now. No more holding. Enjoy! (2652 views)
 Tasted by MEKWINE on 5/14/2015 & rated 96 points: Imbibed in Provence. Deep robe, narrow rim. Leather, dark red and black fruits, graphite on nose and palate. Wonderfully St Julien, elegant with refined ripe tannins, textured and balanced acidity and fruits. Full bodied, with a satisfyingly long finish. (3018 views)
 Tasted by cos65 on 2/7/2015: Gorgeous ruby colored, while this is silky smooth right now, it shows no sign of decline (3554 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 1/31/2015 & rated 87 points: Château Gruaud-Larose 1928 - 2011: Strange nose initially, blew off. Did become slightly herbal, almost reductive; burned rubber, unbalanced. Either an off bottle or very unsuccessful vintage. (3613 views)
 Tasted by xena on 12/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Purchased at the winery a few weeks ago. Decanted for two hours. Drinking very well now. Perfect with elk ribeye. Wish I had a few more. (3335 views)
 Tasted by conviction buy on 12/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Pnp, deep garnet on color., yield a very rich nose of leather, cedar wood, black fruit and a subtle floral note. This is a great St Julien right to the textbook. Mid palate also give some pencil shaving aroma, good acidity although the tannin is still slightly grippy, but should soften with airing. This wine is entering its drinking window, simply lovely and underrated. (2816 views)
 Tasted by Rogershkg on 11/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Took to dinner at restaurant,so I decanted 2 bottles first to remove sediment. On opening strong aroma of red berries, raspberry. When at restaurant maybe the Lebanese food was too strong but both the bottles I had decanted and 2 further bottles had black fruit bouquet. Colour was good deep red. Taste was strong, plenty of fruit, well balanced and quite long. Good wine, everybody enjoyed it. (2780 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 10/10/2014 & rated 93 points: St. Julien really put out some great wines in the 90s. Drank over 2 hours. Nose had some subtle barnyard that was really nice. On the nose and palate, detected wet earth, dark cherry, mocha, and truffle. Smooth, long finish. Round tannins. Definitely in its prime drinking window, but I'm sure it has 5+ years left to go. Highly recommended. (2366 views)
 Tasted by Malibu wino on 9/20/2014 & rated 93 points: This is really delicious wine. It was good straight out of the bottle, but after a 2 hour decant, it emerged balanced, with a pallet of subtle red and blue berry flavors. Funky? Sure, a bit, in a good way. Fully resolved tannins. I bought a well stored case for $85 per bottle, and I am very pleased with the value. If not for the inevitable headache in the morning, I would pop a second bottle. Good juice at this point in time. (2472 views)
 Tasted by Dvogt on 9/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Agree with Julian Marshall's on 9/14/2014 tasting notes. (1968 views)
 Tasted by Julian Marshall on 9/14/2014 & rated 95 points: This has improved over the last year and is now at its peak. Clean nose with no brett: blueberries and plums with cherry and notes of lavender. In the mouth, the fruit is now really winsome and impressive: as noted before, lots of Victoria plums, with a second wave of cassis and cherry, then a long, satisfying finale of blueberry. The balance is perfect, the structure is solid, the fruit is sweet and intense - que demande le peuple? (1915 views)
 Tasted by Whinojb on 8/24/2014 & rated 94 points: fantastic - seamless. Great nose with no real fruit but such complexity of cedar, tobacco, earth and the GL funk. great finish. (1997 views)
 Tasted by cos65 on 8/10/2014: Boerne wine club - Paris 1976 Redux... (SLC): Round 7 blue. (2155 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 8/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted for two hours which was excellent and after five even better. Full bodied, rich and classic style of the more forward modern Gruaud Larose grounded in earth, smoke and incense. Layered herbs, toasted oak, cassis, currant, and a hint of licorice this wine has found it balance and apogee. Can maintain for years, but I believe it is what it is. Drink now or for six more years into the next decade. (1762 views)
 Tasted by fc1910 on 7/13/2014 & rated 93 points: after pouring a strong cassis nose, just a whiff of earth, little roasty, still firm and grainy tannins, therefore very tight, a basket full of cassisfruit, cedar, midweight body which has an elegant and tasty showing, develops in the glass and is getting more nuances, this bottle shows a lot of primary fruit, so I expect this 96 GL to evolve in well stored bottles for more than a decade from now, long and very addictive finish, **(**+-?) 92-94+? (1890 views)
 Tasted by MWiking on 6/18/2014 & rated 95 points: Fortfarande en del primärfrukt kvar med begynnande stalltoner, tobak, etc., väldigt välbalancerat, skitsnyggt charmigt, jag tro detta vin bara kommer fortsätta växa 95> (2156 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 5/30/2014 & rated 90 points: CdB BYOB; Little nose; light fruit with blackbery and raspberry; balanced; still developing; rather simple now; hopeful for the future, but not sure. (1854 views)
 Tasted by CellarBord on 5/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Drinking well now with minimal decant. Lovely nose. I tasted a bit of cedar and earth. (2001 views)
 Tasted by salil on 4/28/2014 & rated 90 points: This comes across surprisingly youthful next to the '90 and '94. There's plenty of bright dark fruit and cedar on a polished, medium weight frame, but it doesn't show any of that leathery or earthy savouriness I usually expect from Gruaud, and feels a little more tightly wound and tannic on the palate. With air in the glass this gets more fragrant and nuanced, but it still gives the impression that it's holding something in reserve. (2278 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 4/28/2014: Guessed Bordeaux for the flight, but missed by going Right Bank. This is less ripe and open than I would have expected from a 1996. (1780 views)
 Tasted by uli369 on 2/22/2014 & rated 88 points: Zuerst etwas verschlossen und mit dominanten Bitternoten, Danach deutlich besser mit sich entwickelnden Aromen nach Leder und Holz. Recht langer Abgang. Zum Essen dann eigentlich sehr gut. (2184 views)
 Tasted by englishman's claret on 1/24/2014 & rated 92 points: It's been a few years since I last had this, but it's still very young - which I suppose should be no surprise knowing the Medoc and 1996. With an hour of air, this showed a beautiful nose full of flowers and elegant cassis fruit that stands in surprisingly stark contrast to a broad-shouldered, ripe palate full of leather and plum. A long finish. Good, but a little polished for Gruaud - I usually like the chateau for its touch of rusticity. (2698 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/22/2007)
(Château Gruaud Larose) Leather and tobacco nose; tasty, leather, maturing, plush red fruit palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (3/13/2006)
(Gruaud Larose) Classic nose of Gruaud funk and a supple. silky palate. Tannins were not intrusive and this was very harmonious. Not outrageously rich but drinking great now and a classic GL.
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Château Gruaud Larose

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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.


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History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


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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