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Chateau Gruaud Larose, 2003

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Farming

Conventional

Producer

Chateau Pontet Canet

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/ Petit Verdot/Malbec

Wine Type

Red

Country

France

Region

St Julian AOC, Bordeaux

Vintage

2003

Alcohol

13.5%

Size

75cl

 

Exceptional vintage. Outbreak of the first leaves beginning of March.
Temperatures and amount of sunshine well beyond normal. Even so, the vines didn’t suffer. Certain late growths benefitted from the eastern drying wind that stops the grey mold (Botrytis) to wait for complete maturity of the Merlots.
The old vines, in ploughed soils with a solid root system in deep gravely soils held perfectly up against the great drought.

Notes on the producer

Château Gruaud-Larose is a 2ème Cru Classé property that produces one of St-Julien's most full-bodied and long-lived wines.

For many years Gruaud-Larose was owned by the négociants Cordier, who also own Château Talbot. It was sold in 1993 to the French conglomerate, Alcastel Alstom, which in turn sold it to the Taillan Group, owners of Chasse-Spleen and  Haut-Bages-Libéral, in 1997. The talented Georges Pauli has remained as régisseur and winemaker throughout all these changes.

Gruaud-Larose has 84 hectares of vineyards located on a gravel-rich plateau just to the west of Château Beychevelle. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Vinification takes place in a mixture of wooden vats and cement tanks and the wine is aged in oak barriques (30% new) for 18 months.

Gruaud-Larose can be tannic and ungainly in youth but with bottle ageing it becomes marvellously harmonious and develops complex and beguiling characteristics of concentrated black fruits, cedar, spices and liquorice.

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