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Gruaud Larose 2016

SubregionSt Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2016Gruaud LaroseDM-10275.00bt93 NM1091.66666666666793.0093.00Gruaud Larose3
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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Gruaud Larose has a surfeit of red berry fruit laced with rose petal and light crushed stone aromas on the generous, open nose. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins and underpinned by a fine bead of acidity. It comes across sedate and nonchalant, not determined to become the greatest Saint-Julien, but so supple and lithe that you cannot help falling for its charms. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2023 - 2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020

The 2016 Gruaud-Larose has quite a fruit-driven, generous bouquet of layers of black and red fruit laced with graphite and tertiary aromas. Is there just a slight touch of brettanomyces here? The medium-bodied palate is earthy and a little ferrous, with rounded tannin, and quite approachable compared to its peers. Slightly smudged toward the finish, but it shows great persistence. Very fine, very Gruaud. Drink 2023-2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September until 15 October (with the Petit Verdot) and matured in 80% new oak, the remainder one or two years old. The alcohol is a modest 13.02%. It has a generous bouquet with scents of blackberry, briary, a touch of sandalwood and tobacco, gaining more precision as it aerates in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, certainly one of the most finessed Gruaud Larose in recent years, with perfectly judged acidity. I love the focus here, a little understated at first but you cannot deny the intensity and precision on the finish. Moreover, this seems to be a slightly more detailed Gruaud, nuanced and long in the mouth. Excellent—and I suspect it might be a little more approachable than some of its peers. Drink 2023 - 2060.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The 2016 Gruaud Larose is blended of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with notes of red and black cherries, warm plums and freshly crushed blackcurrants plus hints of violets, oolong tea, aniseed and tilled soil with a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate struts tons of elegantly fragrant red and black fruit flavors with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

Drink Date
2021 - 2043

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (interim en), November 2018

Full-bodied, layered and juicy young wine. Very tannic yet ripe and intense. Powerful finish. This will be excellent. Better than the 2015.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

Tasted blind. Pure cassis fruit on the nose. Great polish and finesse with pure fruit masking the tannin. Very neat and well judged.
Drink 2025 – 2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

Initially there's a whiff of sweet oak, and then underneath there is the vineyard and real savour. Ripe but not forced. Good stuff with a 'mineral' whiff. Not a blockbuster but very well balanced with lovely length.
Drink 2025-2045

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

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. 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc in 2016. Significant smoky oak gives a nose of coffee, nutmeg and cassis. The palate is pure, fresh and clean with soft, ripe tannins allowing the elegance of the fruit to sine through. Smooth and long on the finish, this is a subtle, classically styled wine of great typicity.

Farr Vintners, February 2017

Under the fragrances the fruit is rich and ripe a mix of black fruits the palate fleshy and supple. The tannins are rounded well integrated rich fruit in the middle but towards the back there is freshness the finish long but quite firm. 2026-42

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

It’s a pleasure to see this winery producing clean, well-made wines without any of the farmyards notes of the past. The blend is still quite serious and austere at the moment, with a carapace of firm tannins and plenty of supporting acidity, but the dark berry fruit is there too. 2026-36

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

A balanced, measured, incredibly tight delivery of the triumvirate of tannins, fruit and acidity. The architecture hits the level of the 2010, fairly unusual in a year where the tannins have such a deft brush stroke in the main. This is a great Gruaud that is going to run and run. Aged for 18 months in 80% new oak. As of 2017, half of the vineyard (approximately 40ha) is being worked biodynamically.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017
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