Château Gruaud Larose 2010

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£68.95 per bottle
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95 Points - Neal Martin

This is a great showing from Gruaud Larose. It has a lovely bouquet with vibrant blackberry, wild hedgerow and cedar aromas that display fine vigour and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and ripe tannins, plenty of ripe tarry black fruit with a dense, tobacco-infused finish that is very focused and persistent. Excellent.

Taste & Aroma

Score:95

This is a great showing from Gruaud Larose. It has a lovely bouquet with vibrant blackberry, wild hedgerow and cedar aromas that display fine vigour and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and ripe tannins, plenty of ripe tarry black fruit with a dense, tobacco-infused finish that is very focused and persistent. Excellent.

Neal Martin on May 1st, 2015

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Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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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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