2010 Gruaud Larose



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Average critic rating : 92.9 points

93

93

Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. Wine Advocate.February, 2013

92-94

92-94

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, delivering 14 percent alcohol, the Gruaud ’10 has a very intense nose with blackberry, cassis and a touch of oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied with very svelte tannins on the entry, a sumptuous Gruaud Larose that belies that structured underneath seamless towards the finish. This is a Gruaud Larose that is full of character and should age beautifully over 20 years. This may merit a higher score after bottling, hence the plus sign. Tasted April 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

93-94

93-94

It like the finish on this wine with a blueberry, currant and citrus fruit character on the nose and palate. Full and chewy with ultra-fine tannins and a bright acidity. jamessuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Offers a serious core of kirsch, blackberry and plum sauce notes, with lovely, velvety tannins taking over the pure, violet-tinged finish, which has length and grace. Shows more elegance than most of its peers in this vintage. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

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16

Dark polished crimson. Sweet black-cherry aromas. Oddly tarted up for a St-Julien. Just lacks a bit of depth and savour but it is certainly flattering and has applied its make-up very carefully. Awkward amalgam of assorted elements. jancisrobinson.com

18

18

Big, typically smoky-spicy Gruaud nose, lots of fleshy fruit, lifted and almost exotic flavours harmonious depth and length, back on top form for the medium-long term. Drink 2018-30. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

17-18

17-18

In 2010 20% less was produced because of the summer drought and the washing away of the pollen by spring rains. The deep mauve magenta gives a reserved and attractive fruity and mineral nose. Flavours of merise, kirsch, plum and mulberry as well as gamey meat, iron oxide and stony minerals underlie a muscular body It will be almost ready to drink in eight years but has the power to develop for three decades or more.

91-93

91-93

Gruaud Larose With yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare, the property produced a wine blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.8% alcohol in 2010, which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Ruby colored, with scents of cassis, oak and gravel, this full bodied, brawny, beefy, traditional and tannic wine has some dryness in the finish. winecellarinsider.com

91-93

91-93

The deep purple ruby 2010 Gruaud Larose is one of the most densely packed Gruaud Larose vintages I have ever tasted en primeur. On the nose there are aromas of violets, cedar, cassis and mixed red flowers, and on the palate plenty of everything -- luscious fruit, firm velvety tannins, and fresh acidity. The wine is presently very rich and a bit on the chunky side, with a fairly long finish, but it will likely evolve into a supple and very complex wine. asianpalate.com

18

18

Very black fruit on the nose but it manages just about to remain in the fresh realm. It is laden with very classic structure, black fruit and mineral. Toasty and linear. Very good quality here.



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The 137 hectare estate in St Julien, just outside Bordeaux, has been under vine since the 18th century. The Merlaut family have run the estate since 1997, growing 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The second wine of Gruaud-Larose is Sarget de Gruaud-Larose.



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