Château Gruaud Larose 2009

Bordeaux
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£68.95 per bottle
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Representing one of Bordeaux’s greatest vintages in living history, the ’09 Gruaud Larose has come up trumps and produced one of their best wines for several decades. The nose is already showing classic cigar box and graphite notes. The palate is full of sweet blackberry, a touch of sous-bois and a meaty character. A beautifully made Gruaud Larose that will not disappoint.

Taste & Aroma

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Representing one of Bordeaux’s greatest vintages in living history, the ’09 Gruaud Larose has come up trumps and produced one of their best wines for several decades. The nose is already showing classic cigar box and graphite notes. The palate is full of sweet blackberry, a touch of sous-bois and a meaty character. A beautifully made Gruaud Larose that will not disappoint.

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

Set in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux, Château Gruaud-Larose is a Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) estate. Mayor of Saint-Julien, Désiré Cordier, acquired the Château at the start of the 20th Century and it stayed in the family’s hands for a number of years, producing fantastic vintages during the 1960s. Shortly after this, it was bought and controlled by several large corporations and the quality of the wine suffered. In 1997 it was purchased by the Merlaut family and since then the Château has gone from strength to strength, always providing good value wines which are some of the appellation’s most full-bodied and long-lived wines. Along with this, Jean Merlaut introduced a number of sustainable viticultural practices and was the first châteaux to ban using insecticides pesticides and herbicides. The vineyards are spread over 84 hectares of gravel-rich soil and the wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%). (Malbec no longer plays a part). Today, Château Gruaud-Larose lives up to its motto: 'The king of wines and the wine of kings'.

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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