2014 Gruaud Larose

12 x 750ml
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The Collective Review

The 2014 Château Gruaud Larose is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that was picked between September 24 and October 11 with the Petit Verdot. It was fermented in wooden and cement vats and is being aged in 40% new French oak. The bouquet unfolds nicely in the glass with blackberry, blueberry and cedar scents that are detailed and quite sensual. The new oak is a little more prominent than recent vintages but it is perfectly in sync with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and citrus-like on the entry, the tannin fine and lending this nascent Gruaud Larose fine precision and poise. This is a superb Saint Julien: fresh and with a satin-like texture. Everything is in place for a promising evolution. Neal Martin Vinous

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Aromas of strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body, silky tannins and a tangy finish. Fresh and clean. Linear and pretty. Purity of fruit is impressive. Drink in 2020. Read more
Critic Reviews
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James Suckling

Aromas of strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body, silky tannins and a tangy finish. Fresh and clean. Linear and pretty. Purity of fruit is impressive. Drink in 2020.

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Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

The wine is all about fruit and balanced tannins. It is juicy, so drinkable now, although with enough structure to promise good aging. Perfumed black-currant fruits show strongly. The wine shows how this chateau continues to perform reliably. Drink from 2020.

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Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2014 Gruaud Larose has a sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, minerals, raspberry coulis and cedar aromas that waft generously from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, crisp and focused with impressive density in the mouth. It is grippy and assertive; clearly a Saint Julien predesigned for long-term ageing, with a precise finish that bodes well for the future. Excellent. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

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Jeannie Cho Lee MW - Asian Palate

Well made Gruaud-Larose with suave tannins and lifted flavors - violets, black plum, blackberry and sweet spices. Beautifully composed and approachable early - should also age well over the next decade or two easily.

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Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

With a medium body and soft tannins, this wine is fresh, earthy and laced with crisp, crunch of fresh red and black fruits. 90-92 Pts

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Tim Atkin
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James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

The cassis and black cherry fruit glides along here, with hints of warm fruitcake and licorice. Tarry accents emerge at the very end, giving this some depth and grip.This may fill out a bit more.

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René Gabriel - René Gabriel

58 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 29 % Merlot, 8 % Cabernet Franc, 5 % Petit Verdot. Produktion: 150'000 Flaschen Grand Vin. Der Zweitwein, der Sarget (Produktion 250'000 Flaschen), war sehr aromatisch mit viel schönen Cabernetausdruck und einer tollen Aromatik. Also war dies bereits ein gutes Omen für den «richtigen Gruaud». Mit 44 hl/ha war das eine gute Ernte. Tiefes Purpur, satt in der Mitte, Granatschimmer am Rand. Faszinierendes Bouquet, die Cabernetexpression weist eine ganz deutliche, geradlinige Frische auf. Die nasalen Aromen; Cassis, Brombeeren, Zedern, auch einen feinen Hauch von Eucalyptus kann man darin finden. Er vermittelt eine barocke Tiefe, sowie ein ziemlich ausgelegtes Aromenfeld. Im Gaumen saftig, sehr elegante Tannine, gut balanciert und fast ein Bisschen auf dem femininen Trip. Aber vielleicht hat dieser gewisse, feminine Touch ja vielleicht auch etwas mit der neuen Kellermeisterin, Stéphanie Lebaron zu tun… 18/20 2020 – 2045 18/20

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Tasting Notes

Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien 2014, Vineyard mix: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Tasted blind. Smudgy crimson. Already some evolved perfume. Everything nicely and appetisingly in its place with a massive undertow and lots of tannin but not aggressive. Impressive. Score: 17/20 Jancis Robinson

Winemakers Note

Gruaud Larose, the revival of a "Super Second" Since its foundation in 1725, four families have succeeded one another at the head of Gruaud Larose: the Gruaud & Larose families, the Balguerie and Sarget families, the Cordier family, and the Merlaut family. The sprawling 82-hectare vineyard, planted in 1784, envelops the château. This remarkably uniform terroir has remained unchanged since 1855 when the estate earned its prestigious 2nd Grand Cru Classé status. At Gruaud Larose, the vine thrives in harmony with its natural surroundings, guided by the hands of dedicated individuals. Each vine thrives within a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable ecosystem. Consequently, the teams have embraced a comprehensive approach to uphold the essence of this classified growth. This approach encompasses organic farming (with 2022 marking the inaugural certified vintage), an expansive agroforestry initiative, eco-pasturing, technological innovations, and shifts in viticultural practices to enhance the well-being of the workforce. A pivotal moment occurred in 2018 when Virginie Sallette assumed the role of Technical Director. In addition to scrutinizing every facet of the production process to reach greater precision, she and her teams have reaped the benefits of a comprehensive vineyard replanting program initiated several years ago. The remarkable qualitative progression of the wines attests to this transformative phase. With its pure and timeless style, Gruaud Larose, in our view, stands as a property poised among the most promising. The philosophy and wines of this estate evoke the words of Coco Chanel, 'Fashion fades, but style is eternal.'

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: March 31st, 2024

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