Peter Maude Fine Wines
2019, Château Gruaud Larose, SAINT-JULIEN 2nd Growth, Grand Cru Classé
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
This famous and historic Saint Julien "super-second" growth is very popular and is always reasonably priced. The 82 hectare vineyard is one of the largest of the classed growths. No notes, but if you have bought Gruaud Larose before you will know how good it is (and long lived) every year.
A gorgeous dark purple colour in the glass with a bright pink rim. It is a little reticent on the nose, just giving a hint of fragranced fruit with dark chocolate, caramel and sweet coffee touches - so inviting. Ultra sleek and suave on the palate but at the same time racy and vibrant. A combination of rich black fruits and quite savoury aspects on the palate, tar, tobacco and wood smoke with black currants and cherries but here the emphasis really is on those herbal, medicinal aspects that give this such a serious tone but also such interest and intrigue. Lifted and bright on the palate but soft tannins letting the aromatics do all the talking. Seductive. Will be incredibly moreish in a few years. Drinking Window 2027 - 2045. 96/100, Georgina Hindle