Red

2012 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2020 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 33

  • vide Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 6, 2022 - The second day with this wine, and yet more changes. When we write about wine, we do so in the present tense, "is". But these top quality wines change so much over time that I wonder if this "is" may not be the best way of describing them. We all look for absolute statements, and the wine industry will not have the patience for delayed or qualified descriptions of wine. Fine wine, however, is not a static thing but something that acquires yet further nuances over hours and days.

    In regards to this wine, it has gone from light ink to black. The nose has lost something of its bright fruit, but the palate has deepened into something close to a 1 Cru, in its density if not in its finesse.

    Interesting stuff.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • vide Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 5, 2022 - After three hours in the decanter, this is now a different wine. Better? I have given it more points. But ultimately, I don't know. Incredible depth of colour,
    increasing dark depth on the nose. Blimey, a very big wine. And in drinking, it just gets bigger and bigger.

    2012 G-L. What do you reckon?

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • vide Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 5, 2022 - All of the notes below focus on the flavour of this wine, which is undeniably attractive. It is a very good representative of St. Julien.

    But there is something missing. Backbone, structure, tannic depth. It doesn't have any of these. Is it the vintage? Possibly, although 2012 stands better than the vintages around it (2011 and 2013).

    I have opened a magnum, so it might be more interesting as a wine tomorrow.

    But I don't think so, somehow.

  • bucktooth22 Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 17, 2021 - Decanted 4 hours. Ruby, long legs, red fruit forward fragrance with raspberry , strawberries , strong leather , peppercorn, graphite , vanilla finish. Almost floral, beautiful. Medium dry, strong tannins side and frontal still present, delicious milky strawberries and nectarines.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • rthpal Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 3, 2021 - Last tasted about a month ago (medium body, good depth, nice fruit). I think Robert Parker often gave this Chateau a lower rating than it really deserved. Originally I gave this wine 92 points, and now I would give it 92+.

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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2016, Issue #54 (link)

    (Château Gruaud-larose 2ème Cru (13.5% Abv)) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2016, 11/1/2016 (link)

    (Château Gruaud-Larose St Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/21/2016 (link)

    (Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Julia Harding, MW
    10/23/2014 (link)

    (Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Decanter

  • By Steven Spurrier
    Bordeaux 2012 results: Saint-Julien, 4/19/2013 (link)

    (Château Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/11/2013 (link)

    (Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    April 2013, IWC Issue #168 (link)

    (Chateau Gruaud Larose Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2013, 4/1/2013 (link)

    (Château Gruaud-Larose St Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2013, Issue #44, The 2012 Bordeaux Vintage: A Very Inconsistent, But Classically-Proportioned Year

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/30/2015 (link) 94 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Dark ruby color; appealing, tart currant, menthol, coffee nose; classic, tight, silky textured, tart currant, menthol palate; needs 4-plus years; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Gruaud Larose
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Codes 087000336810, 3277034839624, 3292144649116, 3364420071758, 3453521173543, 3453521213300, 3660989153400, 3700266222525

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 41 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,086 (85%)
  • Consumed 158 (12%)

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