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Gruaud Larose 2015

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Gruaud Larose 2015 is medium to deep garnet in color. It leaps out of the glass with notes of crushed black cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, and juicy blackberries plus suggestions of violets, camphor, and black truffles. The medium-bodied palate is fantastically elegant and intense with fine-grained tannins and bold freshness to support it, finishing long and perfumed. Impressive.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, November 2022

The 2015 Gruaud Larose has a perfumed and floral bouquet of raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry, well defined if not the most complex among its peers. It has certainly opened up in recent months. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, touches of espresso lacing the red berry fruit. Just a slightly lactic finish detracts from overall delineation. I suspect that there will be improvement - it just needs time to settle. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

Concentrated and elegant with a great harmony of dry tannins and ripeness (but no hint of overripeness), this has a long finish with a lot of drive and enormous freshness. You could drink this now with red meat, but it’s got decades ahead of it.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. But not that deeply coloured. Rather light nose. Sweet, fresh start. Edgy and correct but not thrilling. Rather an austere finish.
Drink 2025-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

This famous and historic Saint Julien 2nd growth is popular throughout the world and is usually released at the most reasonable price of all the so-called "super-seconds". The 82 hectare vineyard is one of the largest of the classed growths. The 2015 is made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, aged in 80% new oak. 60% of production will be the second wine - Sarget de Gruaud Larose (190,000 bottles) with 160,000 bottles of grand vin. Medium purple colour with a nose of fresh blackcurrant, licquorice and tar. The palate is crisp with acid and juicy with blackcurrant and black cherry. There is some complexity from cedar and smoke on the finish that adds a layer of savoury complexity.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

Firm black fruits the nose is a bit tight but the palate has more depth with rich ripe fruit. Under the ripe cassis bilberry refreshes the finish lighter just lacks a bit of length.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Gone are the bad old days of farmyardy aromas and flavours, to be replaced by something
that is classic, yet modern at the same time. Polished and well defined, this carries its 100%
new oak with ease, such is the structure and depth of the wine. Drink: 2022-32

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

A dramatic Gruaud with aromatic attack and much noise initially which quietens to a long, beautifully gentle finish. The
aroma of my empty glass was heavenly with the perfect amount of oak remaining over a vibrant red and black cherry
melange. Simply stunning and disconcertingly forward.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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The 2015 Gruaud Larose has a clean and precise bouquet, a little more sophisticated than it showed out of barrel. It seems to have manifested greater mineralité and delineation that enhances the vivid blackberry and bilberry fruit infused with cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, blackberry infused with graphite and cedar that render this Gruaud Larose almost Pauillac in style. No, it does not provide that killer blow on the finish, preferring to remain quite linear and taut (unlike the 2016 that may prove to be superior). Yet this shows careful, judicious winemaking and it may continue to improve in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2050.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, picked from 21 September. It has a rather conservative bouquet, reticent at first, gradually unfolding with truffle-tinged black fruit, the oak nicely integrated but perhaps needing a little more energy. The palate is ripe and rounded on the entry, fleshier than many of its Saint Julien counterparts, quite sumptuous in terms of mouthfeel with a suave texture. There is a sense of linearity here, a strictness that particularly comes through on the finish. The purity is commendable and the tannin, fine, but what it needs is that final flourish. It just misses that killer blow on the finish and saunters to its conclusion. I hope that it gains more in barrel. Drink: 2025 - 2055.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2015

A velvety and flavorful red with dusty tannins and lots of ripe fruit. It remains fresh and balanced. Harmonious. Excited to see it develop in barrel.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Gruaud Larose simply sparkles with bright, vibrant red cherries, ripe raspberries and fresh black currants notes with underlying suggestions of cinnamon stick, rose petals, fallen leaves and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied and possessing tightly wound red and black fruits layers intermingled with spicy accents, it has a firm, grainy frame and great vivacity, finishing long and perfumed. I'm probably being too conservative with my score here and expect this could blossom in 4-6 years into an even more impressive beauty! 2022 - 2041

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Rather heady, superior nose. Layers here. Very juicy and appealing. Good lifted, non-exaggerated stuff. Still very youthful.
Drink 2026-2042

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

Mid crimson. Mild, well-balanced nose. Ripe but not overripe. Neat and confident. A good expression of a charming accessible vintage. Neat and comfortable.
Drink 2024-2038

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016
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