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Château Gruaud Larose 2021

2ème Cru Classé, Saint-Julien

94 Vinum
94 Jean-Marc Quarin
94-95 Robert Parker Wine Advocate
93-94 La Revue du vin de France
95 Decanter

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Château Gruaud Larose in wenigen Worten

Als 2. Grand Cru Classé von Saint-Julien gehört Gruaud Larose der Familie Merlaut, welche es auch leitet. Die Weinaufbereitung wird von dem berühmten Önologen Eric Boissenot überwacht. Der 82 Hektar große Weinberg liegt auf einem sehr einheitlichen Terroir aus tiefem Kies auf einem ton- und kalkhaltigen Substrat. Die Weine von Gruaud Larose weisen ein immer charmanteres Profil auf, ohne dass es ihnen an Rasse oder Tiefe mangelt, mit einem immensen Lagerungspotenzial.

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94-95 Robert Parker Wine Advocate, avril 2022

The 2021 Gruaud Larose is very impressive, exhibiting deep aromas of wild berries, cherries and cassis mingled with hints of licorice, violets and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's impressively rich and layered, with lively acids and ripe tannins, it concludes with a pure and penetrating finish. Classically balanced and intensely flavored, it's an elegant, beautifully made wine that is well worth seeking out. Three beautiful parcels of recently planted Cabernet Sauvignon, situated on deep gravel ideally adapted to this variety but hitherto planted with Merlot, make a contribution to the blend this year; but that's only one of the factors that explain why Gruaud has produced a 2021 that looks set to rival or surpass even recent and more propitious vintages such as 2018. The blend is fully 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by 12% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, and it checks in at 12.5% alcohol. Congratulations are in order for technical director Virginie Sallette and the entire team at Gruaud Larose! Tasted twice.

93-94 La Revue du vin de France, avril 2022

Avec des notes de fruits frais et une bouche de jolie constitution, le vin offre un bel équilibre et possède un charme indéniable. La finale est fraîche et caressante.

95 Decanter, mai 2022

Black peppercorns, tobacco, ash, vanilla, cinnamon and cedar spice. A gorgeous mouthfeel straight away, the tannins so plump, not heavy or opulent but filling and ripe. This has a charming gentle aspect - a smooth, sleek texture with concentration. Supple and agile, there is lots of energy here, filled with red fruit flavours that have a delicate, sweet liquorice edge. Acidity does not overtake the fruit at all, just lifts the palate all the way through. Excellent work, immensely pleasurable, well framed with promise for long ageing. More Cabernet in the blend than usual. Ageing 14 months in French oak barrels, 15% new, the rest one year old.