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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 141 
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2031 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 40 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Francophile1 on 5/9/2015 & rated 89 points: This wine will deserve a higher score after a few more years in the bottle. Used the Coravin to check on its evolution. Medium bodied, with a feminine, but pure quality of red and black fruits laced with iron, graphite, and damp earth. The tannin while grippy does release into a smooth finish. There is an abundance of oak on this wine that I hope will integrate and resolve over time in the bottle. (987 views)
 Tasted by jskuek on 4/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Creamy, mix of Pauillac and Margaux. Vanilla, minerals gravel. (907 views)
 Tasted by mathwonk on 8/20/2014: I just opened this wine and it seems a bit thin and acidic with little richness or power or depth. I am not impressed, and it seems those who reviewed it 2-3 years ago liked it best. Interesting, a wine that shows better when considered too young. It is tasty, just nowhere near worth the $70 I paid, which the merchant assured me was a bargain. For $36 a Penner Ash pinot noir, or for $43 a Stags Leap Artemis, has much more to offer. Maybe comparable to a $40 Barbi Brunello last night, but at $30 more money a disappointment. Still, it is better than the $30 Senejac from last night but nowhere near a $65 2006 Chateau Lagrange. A $70 Andrew Will Sorella blows this out of the water, and a $90. Aldo Conterno Cicala is on another plane entirely. It's pretty good, but lightweight, not smooth nor interesting, and very overpriced like virtually all name Bordeaux now. (3361 views)
 Tasted by renatodug on 6/28/2014 & rated 92 points: La question était doit-on boire le 2008 avant ou après le 98.. Finalement nous avons servi les deux en même temps.
Le 2008, plus présent au nez mais encore assez tannique, le 98 plus équilibré.
Les deux magnifiques en tout cas. (3321 views)
 Tasted by jimyeni on 6/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Menthol, nice acidity but lacking fruit. May be in a dumb phase right now. (3543 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 1/18/2014 & rated 91 points: Clear garnet. Nose of berries, leather and vanilla. the wine is still a bit astringent but luckily they did not overdo it with new oak. the tannins are quite smooth. The fruit reminds me a bit of a young old school Napa Cab, but not at all overdone. Overall the wine is lacking some power but is a very nice drinking wine and a good value. Drink now - 2015. (4119 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Beautiful bouquet with cassis and other dark forest fruits, graphite and barnyard. Same on the palate, also some bell pepper. Firm acidity and powerful tannin. This will be a beautiful and refined wine around 2020 – 2022+. (567 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/8/2013: Gruaud Larose Dinner (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Big and powerful in every dimension with dense, brooding black fruit. Very good spice support throughout, most notably on long finish, which was the wine's overall highlight tonight. (6280 views)
 Tasted by Sundbyberg on 8/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Pnp: A dark nose and a palate which is full of very ripe, dark and dense, sweet, fruit. This is a crowd pleaser, which drinks well already now. No complexity to speak of.
Developed nicely over 16 days, but it took 3-4 days for the oak to disappear. (6872 views)
 Tasted by jeanluc07 on 5/21/2012 & rated 90 points: Earthy light style of a st. julien. Well made wine with a good structure. Lots of earth/wood. The 2008 leoville barton was better 90-91. at 40$ i got was very good. will hold the other 5 bottles (on the fence of adding more). (6941 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 4/21/2012 & rated 93 points: The Bordeaux Blend: Appellation, Derivation, Extrapolation (Jeff & Chuck's, Mountain View, California): Wow, what an amazing nose with coffee, leather, cedar aromas. Beefy palate with cherries, coffee and some spices. Outstanding! (4393 views)
 Tasted by Huilok81 on 4/6/2012 & rated 90 points: Wanted to test how a young wine can evolve so opened and slowly drank for about 6 hours. Took at least two hours to start open up while the aroma was quite appealing from the beginning. A mixture of blackberry, leather and acidic. Really started to blossom after four hours where the layer finally appeared and the tannin kicking in. Not my favorite St Julien but definitely show the characteristic of this region (6447 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/30/2011: As I was curious, I opened a bottle before lunch to let it breathe in a wide decanter for 7 hours. Drank it during dinner, where it paired very well with wild hare. Of course, it is a very young wine, inky dark and not too much details on the nose yet. However, it is a very complete and competent wine, with the young fruit (cassis and blackberries) being most obvious. The tannins are present, but not too disturbing. In the aftertaste it remains smooth and speaks of its class with a mouth-filling and pleasant consistancy. All in all, I really enjoyed this wine. I have several more bottles, and I am sure that it will age well for years and years to come, but it will be hard to keep them burried in the cellar and forget about them.... Recommended! (6020 views)
 Tasted by 82Latour on 10/15/2011 & rated 91 points: Barnyard, wet earth nose. Minerality, Cocoa, Tobacco. Medium tannins and finish. Drinks well young, but will improve with cellar time. (6084 views)
 Tasted by dke on 10/15/2011 & rated 88 points: Earthy, funky nose. Lighter style with a good structure noticeable on the finish and not yet well integrated old wood. (score reflect the hope that the old wood taste will smooth out). Definitely not worth the money. 88-89- (5380 views)
 Tasted by Vstalam on 10/14/2011 & rated 91 points: Had at Marcel's in DC paired with a pork loin dish after a one-hour decant at the restaurant. Strong flavors of leather, tobacco, and a bit of menthol. In an ideal world could probably use a multi-hour decant or preferably 4-6 yrs in the cellar before opening, but quite open for an 08 bordeaux. (5295 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 10/3/2011 & rated 90 points: With tobacco, smoke, cassis, licorice and spice aromatics, this polished style of St. Julien lacks the concentration found in the best years of Gruaud Larose. There is a minor hint of green flavors found in the cassis filled finish. From a blend of a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, for Gruaud Larose, this will drink well young. (5446 views)
 Tasted by Ianjaig on 9/29/2011 & rated 86 points: Tried at the Glengarrys Bordeaux wine tasting. $175 (NZ). Beautiful, almost powerful nose. Smooth palate thats more Margaux like but overall, quite disappointing. Overall I just don’t rate these wines. They are not earthy or chewy, more medium bodied and whilst certainly not offensive, its not a producer Ill be adding to my cellar. (5146 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/28/2011 & rated 90 points: Earth, cassis, truffle and cedar aromas lead into a full boded, beefy, cassis and black cherry filled wine. (6753 views)
 Tasted by tkoby11 on 1/28/2011 & rated 88 points: 2008 Vintage Tasting Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, Great Wines of Bordeaux, USA Tour New York City (Metropolitan Pavilion): With nice depth and a fine elegance this was a good wine with nice fruit and perfume. Blackberry, currant and cassis meshed nicely with flowers, violets and spicy plums, a medium bodied palate with fine grained tannins and a touch of leaner acidity. (7238 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 1/28/2011 & rated 92 points: Now we are getting somewhere. A very pretty nose: floral, a little smoke, pretty sweet fruit, complexity. Has character that a lot of the other wines don’t have, and showing much better than when I tasted this in September 2010; palate is pretty in a less ripe style with some leafy herbal elements. Exotic spice and cigar box notes add to the interest here. 92 (6307 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 1/28/2011 & rated 94 points: Union des Grand Crus 2008 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC (Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC): i think st. julien did quite well in '08. this is really nice, with a mix of fruit and menthol. hint of clove cigarette. medium tannin, medium(+) acid, medium(+) finish is a touch nicer than the brainare ducru. (7113 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 1/26/2011: UGC Bordeaux Tasting (Boston): Tannic and austere. To tough to get through to rate right now. (7359 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 1/25/2011: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 (Toronto - The Four Seasons): UGC Event (7052 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 1/24/2011 & rated 92 points: UGC 2008 Bordeaux (The Drake, Chicago IL): nose: real robust and powerful dark red fruit core on the nose with tones of licorice, black fruits, dark red cherries, cedar and smoke tones

taste: full bodied with rich tannins that are very rough right now with dark tones of dark red fruits, licorice, black fruits, dark red cherries, cedar and pencil lead tones

overall: not showing the gruaud funk, but still showing the powerful side of gruaud. Very young, as would be expected, and one that is certainly for the long haul (5962 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/19/2012)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Re-Visiting the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage: Is It Superior to Both 2009 and 2010?
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Snapshot of the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage- Really a Lovely and Classically Proportioned Year
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/19/2010)
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2009, Issue #24
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/4/2009)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2011)
(Château Gruaud Larose) Very dark red violet color; nice cassis, black fruit, pencil lead, graphite nose; distinctive, pencil lead, graphite, tart black fruit palate, needs 5-plus years; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot)  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose (St Julien)) A warm fruit style here, very open, with some honeyed wood. The fruit has a sweet style with a furry, ripe and gamey warmth. Red fruits. Some of that crystalline character as well which is welcome. Well-judged on entry, showing a little more leanly in the midpalate though. Holding up nicely through to the finish, maintaining that open fresh fruit character, soft and supple, providing a good cover for the tannins. Nice acids too. Promising, with ripe tannin in the finish. A surprise considering it tasted quite incongruous in 2009. Very good.  17+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2009
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This has a paler hue than the other wines of this commune, and the nose is more meaty and less fresh, with some chalky red fruits. It has a nice elegant entry though, wit supple red fruit, although it is leaner and harder than the other wines. Pretty but slightly chewy tannins; this wine is certainly rowing in a different stream to the rest of the commune in this vintage!  15.5-16. points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2012
(Château Gruaud-Larose (St Julien)) Some attractive fruit on the nose here, which is open, relaxed, confident and stylish. I find some nutty oak to be lingering here as well. I sense elegance rather than power though - not necessarily a bad thing of course. The palate has a fairly light presence in keeping with my impression of the vintage, with a supple seam of lightly crystalline fruit, and a rather firm underpinning of grippy, biting structure beneath. Good.  16.5 points
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Red Bordeaux Blend

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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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