Red

2016 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 20

  • J_H Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 4, 2021 - Decanted for around 3 hours.

    Nose: Intense, open and youthful nose. Rich notes of ripe violet and dark fruits, black cherries and lots of plums can be detected. The dark fruity aromas predominate, but there are also red fruit aromas that show up again and again. Flashes of herbal spice (mainly eucalyptus) and white pepper make the nose very complex. There is also a nice secondary aroma of vanilla, white chocolate and medium toasting.
    Very filigree - almost feminine how the Gr. Larose comes along. The fruit is super ripe, almost bordering on a little too ripe.

    Palate: medium alcohol (13%), which is rare in today's BDX, medium ~+ tannins that show up ripe and well integrated while hinting at storage potential. Is young on the palate and less accomplished in terms of aromatic diversity than on the nose but the Larose shows great tension, medium + body and an unmissable awesome drinking flow! Very long finish.

    From my perspective, Gr. Larose is a wine with a lot of value (which is not yet properly recognised internationally). Storage potential +30 years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • BradA wrote: 88 points

    May 8, 2020 - Roundly disappointing. Drunk over two nights... while it shows fine tannin and some red fruit, there is a real lack of power. Now there is nothing wrong with finesse, but I have to question the value here... will I see myself drinking this in 2030 and rejoicing that I only paid $110? I don’t see that occurring.... there are other wines from the vintage that will develop and show more in the years ahead.

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  • Philippe_C wrote: 95 points

    February 16, 2020 - Meaty nose, leather, hint of vanilla, ripe red cherries... Super silky tannins, sweet red strawberries, leather, very nice!!

  • englishman's claret wrote: 95 points

    September 30, 2019 - This builds on the worthy 2015, really underscoring what a wonderful vintage 2016 is. Beautiful depth of pure cherry and blueberry fruit, herbes de Provence, mineral, and cedar on the nose. Delectably rich raspberry finish. The dirty Cordier days are a very distant memory. Wonderful focus, soft tannins, and a persistent finish. This may be the best Gruaud Larose since 1986. Glad Arnaud Frederic came to show this, among others.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Keith Levenberg wrote: 88 points

    September 30, 2019 - Soft scents of cedar, metal shavings, and gravel. The fruit starts out in restrained blueberry tones but by the end of the bottle has shifted to a lighter profile with apple-skin flavors that are a little odd in the context of a wine just released. There's a leafy, sage-like streak running through it from beginning to end as well as a steady hiss of tannin that's old-style enough to feel woolly but friendly enough you could at least say it's a soft merino wool. I don't think that alone accounts for the fruit being hollower than it feels like it ought to be in context of the vintage, though. (Blind, I might have guessed this as a 2014, but it wouldn't be among the better 2014s.) After the 2016 Talbot seemed so promising, I was hoping to see some sign of Gruaud going back to its glory days, but the Talbot while being at least as structured as this had more vivid fruit and more stuffing - this one is really going to have to pull a few rabbits out of its hat if it's going to turn into what this chateau is capable of, because it definitely doesn't seem as if the materials in front of me are enough to do it.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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 091882777296, 3453521241600, 3453521254679, 3760280780012, 400005288517, 639737612240, 7070292912032

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 178 (7%)
  • In Cellars 2,142 (83%)
  • Consumed 249 (10%)

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