Château Gruaud-Larose - St.-Julien 2005 (Pre-arrival) (750ml)


Price: $215.00

Sale Price: $175.00

Producer Château Gruaud-Larose
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion St.-Julien
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2005
Sku 124593
Size 750ml

Jane Anson: 98 Points

Needs coaxing out of the glass as is true with so many 2005s even at 16 years old but straight off the first nose you get the most beautiful nuance and turmeric-strewn spice. It's exotic if subtle with a creamy texture grilled oak black chocolate shavings cassis and raspberry all with the most beautiful sense of tiptoing through the palate holding the line. Exceptionally well balanced slate and smoked earth giving signature St Julien finesse. You have really had to be patient for this wine but it is utterly spellbinding and starting to show its potential. Harvest September 20 to October 10. This one really does benefit from being carafed because it keeps so much of itself hidden (I tasted it once in a carafe and once straight from the bottle). Brilliant full of flavour. Harvest September 20 to October 11 35% new oak.

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