Red

2018 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2026 - 2046 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • salil wrote:

    April 17, 2022 - Very, very young, but impressive and filled with potential. There's a lot of primary black fruit and structure here but the tannins ease with time in the decanter, the aromatics are already pretty compelling, and the balance is excellent. Excited to see what this evolves into in a couple of decades, but like Keith I get the impression it's made of similar material to those great Gruauds from the mid-80s, albeit with cleaner fruit and none of the Cordier funk.

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  • wineappellation wrote: 91 points

    November 25, 2021 - Less ripe vs other St Julien peers, bit of menthol, camphor and oak.

  • GrapeScott wrote: 93 points

    September 26, 2021 - Tasted twice, over several days. As per my go-to routine for sampling such young BDX, ~1/2 bottle was Coravin-decanted into a 16oz amber bottle ~4h before sampling on day 1. I followed up on it again ~24h later. Tasted alongside Langoa Barton, Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Malescot St Exupery. Unyielding on the nose, even after 30h of air, with subtle aromas of crushed rocks, cassis, anise and provençale olives. Brutish, chewy and tannic, this is a rather structured, old school wine that will require patience to unwind. I feel like the potential is there, but I feel unqualified to guess how this will evolve. Reading Keith's notes below, I wholly agree with his notes and assessment.

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  • Jeff Leve wrote: 94 points

    March 9, 2021 - Round, plush, soft and full-bodied, the wine offers good richness, layers of ripe, currants, cherries and plums. There is depth and complexity with a touch of stone in the elegant, luxurious finish. Clearly Gruaud Larose is back on target. The wine was made from blending 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

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  • Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 11, 2020 - Possibly the best Gruaud since the 1986, certainly better than the 2016. Only time will tell whether it's finally back at the level of the wines Gruaud made for most of the 20th century but for the first time in awhile it seems like it could have the raw materials to get there. It still has the rugged, muscular tannins that modern trends have tried to pass by, but there is both stuffing and surface appeal to match that haven't been present lately. The fruit is a dark obsidian black and manages to show off a gloss and sheen even beneath those rough tannins. It's solid and impenetrable but feels densely stuffed so this is one of those wines where we'll have to be patient watching it unfurl from the inside out.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • 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 3453521273090, 3468172351189, 3760280781835, 3760280781842, 400005288517, 649185019843, 7070334603058, 766700721842, 766810781842

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 236 (16%)
  • In Cellars 1,222 (83%)
  • Consumed 21 (1%)

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