Red

2006 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2015 - 2027 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 95

  • Solidgold Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 21, 2022 - Drinking beautifully now. Still decant for 1 hour to get it open. Floral, leather, tar, dry earth, Licorise, plum at the end.

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

    January 2, 2022 - From magnum. Still bright young color at the core, with only hints of amber at the rim. classic nose, still on primary fruit: blackberries and blackcurrant, with a touch of secondary aromas: coffee, dry wood and a hint of vanilla. Very inviting. Full bodied attack, a bit disjointed in the beginning with high acidity combined with rather dry tannins. On the midpalate the wine gets together and the fruit balances the dryness and freshness in a very good way. Sweet black fruit fruit lingers on the aftertaste. Highly structured with very present tannins and high acidity. A wine for red meat at the moment. Will this get better with further aging? I'm a but unsure. It reminds me a bit of the same wine from the 1986 (and - just to keep with the same vintages - 1996) that really never came around (as so many other 86s). Well, this was my last bottle, so I'll probably never know.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • senex Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 26, 2021 - Understated and elegant. Lovely aromatics straight from a pop and pour. I think a bit better than the 2004.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • winetobealive wrote: 91 points

    September 10, 2021 - First needle Punction Jan 10th, Opened and finished sept 10th. Well preserved despite needle. Still strong and balanced. Elegant notes of black berries and pencil. Tanins still present and need some air. Could well age for 10 more years.

  • Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 29, 2021 - I agree with Jane Anson about this one - so I think Neal Martin underrated it. The nose is classic Gruaud - spicy, brambly fruit with a hint of funk, but much less than in the olden days. The attack is bright, with again the usual brambly fruit, before a very clear, precise taste of blackcurrant and a rising middle section featuring the usual dark cherry.

    So basically, a classic Gruaud drinking beautifully now. I doubt this will be a long-term wine, since there is a lack of body to it, but the fruit is still quite primary, so it should hold for a decade, maybe with some improvement along the way.

    A smidgen better than Lagrange 2006, and for me better than GL 01, 02 and 04 at the same age, with better ageing potential than all three.

    Gruaud is an oddity in that it can be very expensive or really quite cheap, depending on the vintage and especially on how critics rate it.
    At EP, this cost 40€, which was a poor investment, because 12 years later it was selling for the same price at auction. It has risen slightly since, but this is still excellent value for the level of quality.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Chris Kissack
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2009, Issue #20, The 2006 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Pretty High Quality Year

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • 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 000003800485, 071570013721, 087000336810, 087000352407, 3251093407666, 3277034835763, 3453521213300, 3760065922507, 400005288517, 400005629594

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 323 (9%)
  • In Cellars 2,569 (70%)
  • Consumed 796 (22%)

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