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 Vintage1995 Label 1 of 172 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)087000308947, 087000312807, 400006201614

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2019 (based on 37 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 154 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by petec-s on 7/24/2016 & rated 91 points: great refinement, sleek ripe and long, mineral, slightly too much oak, good though. 12.5% (83 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 6/6/2016 & rated 92 points: From Magnum. We discussed in length whether to decant as the wine felt fragile and soft on open. In the end we left it open resting and only decanted prior to serving. A good choice but decanting will not hurt the wine especially if a magnum.
The wine feels more of a 2001 vintage as it lacks the sweetness and green feel we sometimes come across left bank 1995s. Soft, silky, well round, firm core of fruit still very much alive and healthy. It feels like the team at GL got the fruit right and this is really a very enjoyable wines for classic BDX lovers. We are not sure it has the legs to go like the 1985 (Papies 94-96 depending on bottle) so we would suggest one enjoys this beauty now. 92 (1292 views)
 Tasted by rbs1 on 5/8/2016 & rated 92 points: Vera Good. Bug suggest drinking up as its starting to fade (1418 views)
 Tasted by liber on 1/22/2016 & rated 93 points: 16th of 24, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level - back on form after 2014 note, though going through a slightly austere phase, like Lafite 95 on next night, nevertheless classy, refined and long, no rush! Fine plus (18/20). (3087 views)
 Tasted by MarcelloW on 1/1/2016 & rated 92 points: Good to drink now. In perfect shape. Medium bodied. (2971 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 11/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Austere and light with cedar and light blackberry; tannins evolving; short finish. (4061 views)
 Tasted by cookiefiend on 10/19/2015: Had to use the Durant (what a marvelous invention), beacause someone was a little aggressive and broke the cork. Ahem. Ran through a vinturi for sediment. Clear garnet in color, some bricking, clear meniscus. Mmmmm smells marvelous - smoky leaves, incense, currants, a little 'I dunno, smells old-ish and French-ish'. Graphite, currant/blackberry on the palate, umami, woodsy, plenty of acid lift. Tannins are still grippy and apparent. Served with baked orecchiette and pork sugo - fantastic pairing. My guess is that the wine could continue to age a bit longer, but I think I like it now. (3586 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 9/28/2015: Cork is completely saturated. Color is still so young and dark. Red currant and black fruit, some band aid, structure is still there but in the background. Lovely balance. Nice richness to the red and black fruit, but not overly so, very balanced, very silky mouthfeel as the wine airs, hint of graphite but more red and black fruit. Nothing to suggest this is drying out. Should last for quite a while. Laurent nailed this blind! Frankie and Johnny's Steakhouse, NYC. (3715 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 9/25/2015 & rated 91 points: A lot of wines (Raj's Birthday); 9/25/2015-9/26/2015 (Cleveland Heights): From a 3L bottle. Ruby/purple in color. I was pleasantly surprised by how clean the nose is. Nice cassis, bit of char and slight dust. On the palate, this is slightly tannic. Nice cassis fruit. Still seems tight, but 95's will take a long time to come around. That said, this is quite enjoyable right now. No harm in opening. I wonder how other formats would be. (2723 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 6/27/2015 & rated 94 points: MIT Sloan Fellows Forum - Meeting and Dinner in the Provinces: From a magnum. With the main course, we went with 2 birth-year wines (95 and 01) in honor of Meredith and Charlotte joining the MIT group for dinner. Drank side by side with Lail/J Daniel Cuvee (01). Both had close to 3 hours in the decanter before drinking.

Will borrow prior notes from Dec/12: "Nicely aged, medium purple, some thinning at the edges. Nose was fresh and elegant. Some funk one the opneing, blows off in about 15 minutes. Nose was blackberry, cassis, graphite and cedar. After about an hour picking up some burnt sugar. Palate of sweet cherries, currant, cedar. Fruit and acid and well balanced. Tannins resolved but still present. Medium finish."

The extra decant time and maybe the magnum format...but this was really beautiful wine this evening...better than I remember the prior bottle. We lingered over this for a while, was what great Bordeaux is when it hits its stride, elegant, devine and contemplative...beautifully paired with tenderloin and vegetables.

WOTN for about half the group.... (3241 views)
 Tasted by T.E.D. on 6/14/2015 & rated 89 points: Had back to back with an 86. This one is much tighter with some dark fruit and secondary earth coming through. Definitely needs more time in bottle although may never fully develop. (2625 views)
 Tasted by Neuronstar on 5/3/2015 & rated 92 points: sour cherry, slight tobacco and blackberry, cinnamon finish (2747 views)
 Tasted by nba1017 on 4/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Cork crumbled a bit upon opening. Graphite, sweet tobacco, sour cherry, and plum. Lighter than expected, with a demure elegance, if not quite grace, to it. Could have picked nicely aged high-end Barbaresco before St. Julien. Decent bit of sweetness held up over a few hours, though, as mentioned, rather one-dimensional, at least at hour ~4. Cassis and menthol emerging with time. This would be downright divine with any sort of roast with herbs de provence and a starch based side.

Very nice, but decent QPR. Nothing mind-blowing or fascinating about this, and thinner than I would have liked. (2590 views)
 Tasted by kaydn215 on 3/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted for 2 hours; medium purple color showing some age; nose of tea leaves, cassis, cedar, leather, tobacco; savory palate for me, some cherry and currant flavours add sweetness, tea leaves, cedar - medium finish (2880 views)
 Tasted by dream on 3/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Solid color with a beautiful nose of cassis, green tobacco and graphite minerals. Medium-to-full bodied with lots of dark fruit and minerals. A young GL that has yet to develop the telltale tobacco and charcoal flavors of the terroir but it is nicely concentrated and builds to a rich finish with lots of mineral notes. The only knock is the slightly green, astringent tannins but I'd give this 5 more years to see where it goes before passing final judgement. I'd bet on it. 90+ (2383 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 1/31/2015 & rated 90 points: Château Gruaud-Larose 1928 - 2011: Sweet fruit, gun powder and tobacco, a bit one dimensional; sweet fruit profile, full bodied, a bit new world. I am not sure this is going anywhere pleasant. (3240 views)
 Tasted by GABordeauxGuy on 1/16/2015 & rated 93 points: Very consistent with other notes. Wonderful nose. Very dark in color with no bricking at all. Still a little tight an hour after a Double Decant. Wine really evolved in the glass. Has a lot of life left. (2379 views)
 Tasted by LW31 on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Returned to it a week later and opened 6 bottles over long lunch. Perfect with 1+ hr of air. Nice spice, good fruit. Very pleasing. (2246 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: New Years Eve at home, pre party, this is a birth year wine for my daughter. Decanted through a Vinituri for about an hour, drank over 90 minutes

Nicely aged, medium purple, some thinning at the edges. Nose was fresh and elegant. Some funk one the opneing, blows off in about 15 minutes. Nose was blackberry, cassis, graphite and cedar. After about an hour picking up some burnt sugar. Palate of sweet cherries, currant, cedar. Fruit and acid and well balanced. Tannins resolved but still present. Medium finish.

This is a well made Bordeaux squarely in its drinking zone. My guess is it will continue to evolve. This is a nicely aged, approachable wine now, elegant, low ABV, opens relatively quickly but seems like it will "hang" if you have the discipline to get to day 2. Good stuff... (2552 views)
 Tasted by LW31 on 12/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice stuff. Balanced and tasty, but no fireworks. (2377 views)
 Tasted by Villon on 12/6/2014 & rated 94 points: Délicieux, fondu et élégant, dense et concentré, l'évolution est perceptible mais c'est encore jeune. Magnifique bouteille pour mes 35 ans! (2302 views)
 Tasted by grapist on 11/30/2014 & rated 93 points: What a difference from the previous bottle - thankfully. This was everything you would want and expect from a nearly 20 year old Bordeaux from a fine vintage. Color, nose and taste were all fresh and vibrant. Fruit was still rich and acid and tannins were balanced. Mouth feel was excellent. (2092 views)
 Tasted by WineCPA on 10/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Initial cellar funk blew off very quickly. Decanted and drank over two days. Did not die out quickly and was still going strong (if not better) on day two. The nose opened nicely and was full of cassis, graphite, & leather. Still showed some firm tannins initially, but was perfect for red meat. (2762 views)
 Tasted by julius111 on 9/20/2014 & rated 94 points: Nez complexe de fruits noirs, cuir, champignons et espresso. Beau corps et texture, longue finale. Parfaitement prêt à boire. (2823 views)
 Tasted by cwjames on 5/26/2014 & rated 88 points: Drank with rack of lamb. Fruity mature Bordeaux. Perhaps good rather than great (4106 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, February 2013
(Chateau Gruaud Larose Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/17/2011)
(Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/25/2005)
(Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/22/2007)
(Château Gruaud Larose) Deeper, tart cherry nose; very tasty, tart cherry, leather palate with plush, sweet tannins; medium finish  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, July 2003
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This wine has a dense red hue, with a rim showing some maturity. Somewhat diffuse, muddy fruit on the nose, difficult to pin down. Full and rounded on the palate, medium bodied, with roasted fruits. There is a structure that needs to integrate, the tannins are still quite evident, matched by correct acidity. Overall it seems dull, withdrawn. Not showing very well at present, this wine needs another three to five years at least.  16+ 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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