The 2009 Gruaud Larose has calmed down since I last tasted it (when I described the bouquet as "raucous"). Now it is quite refined with blackberry, cedar and leather aromas, not the most powerful you will come across but very well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, not a million miles away from Lagrange in style. Great precision on the brown spice infused finish. Excellent. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits’ Ten Year On tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045
Robert Parker 95
The 2009 Gruaud Larose is blended of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet colored, it charges forth with warm black raspberries, creme de cassis and redcurrant jelly notes with touches of potpourri, cigar box, new leather, hoisin and molten chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with black fruits and savory layers with a firm, grainy texture and seamless freshness lifting the long earth-laced finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2042
Tasted blind. Good freshness on the nose. Lots of sleek polish and charm. Good attack. A little fine tannin left. Persistent.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2036