Gruaud Larose 2017

SubregionSt Julien

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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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Gruaud Larose was picked from 15 to 20 September for the Merlot and from 21 to 3 October for the Cabernets, fermented in wood and cement tanks and aged in French oak, 80% new for 18 to 24 months. It comes in with 12.88° alcohol. Quite deep in colour, it has an introverted bouquet at first that demands a lot of coaxing from the glass. There are notes of black cherry, iodine and just a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with finely balanced. An unpretentious but pretty Gruaud Larose that is benefitted by what is clearly a prudent extraction. The oak is neatly integrated with a linear, almost pastille-like finish and quite a sustained aftertaste. Drink 2022 - 2040.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, May 2018

A firm and silky young red with an attractive center palate of fruit and hints of cedar. Fresh, tight and compacted.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Gruaud Larose is pliant, deep and quite expressive, while staying light on its feet. In 2017, Gruaud is a wine of precision and nuance rather than volume. There is lovely persistence and nuance in the glass. Even so, I can't help thinking there is quite a bit of unrealized potential here. All of the wine was fermented in oak vats, with slightly higher than normal temperatures for the Cabernets.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni, (236), May 2018

Mid greyish crimson. Sweetness of black fruit and oak spice on the nose with a hint of vanilla. Fresh, very light on the palate but the tannins are silky enough to be in balance with this rather light-bodied wine. Harmonious but it seems too light for the very long term.
Drink 2025-2032

Score: 16Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

A normal yield was reported here in 2017 with between 35-40% of the crop being used for the grand vin. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31.5% merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Very fresh and perhaps a little green on the nose, with hints of bell pepper and blackcurrant leaf. The palate is fresh, with marked acidity and cool red fruits. This is compact and cool, with diligent use of lightly spicy oak that adds complexity on the finish.

Score: 14.5Farr Vintners, April 2018

The nose is closed the palate starts with bilberry freshness. The tannins are firm the mid palate tight the fruit at the back spicy lots of green peppers. Drink 2025 - 2037.

Score: 85/88Derek Smedley MW,, May 2018

This is a firm, well-placed cassis and redcurrant expression, ripe enough to highlight some of the best qualities of a classic St-Julien vintage, but not quite hitting its stride. Still, it has a lovely floral character and a fine tannic structure. An attractive, carefully expressed Gruaud Larose with lots to enjoy.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

Score: 91Jane Anson,, April 2018

A lush nose kicks things off and this fruit continues to shine on the palate. There is some rather stern oak, but it doesn’t dry things out, rather it props up the fruit and lifts it up to the taster. The acid and tannin are bright and grippy, but not drying, and while the fruit is not as exotic nor as expressive as many, this is a competent and reliable Gruaud.

Score: 17.5Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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