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2003 Chateau Gruaud Larose – Bottle Notes

Gruaud Larose has a long history in the Saint Julien appellation that dates back to the days when the property was first owned by the Knight Joseph Stanislas Gruaud. In 1997 Gruaud Larose was purchased by Jacques Merlaut. Jacques Merlaut owns a number other Estates under the name of the Taillan Group including Chateau Haut Bages Liberal, Chateau Citran, Chateau Ferriere and Chateau Chasse Spleen among others. The 82 hectare Saint Julien vineyard of Gruaud Larose is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

Served out of magnum with a one hour decant. Crimson in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 13% ABV. Sublime nose of red fruits, leather and earth. Rich, plush and complex with none of the telltale signs sometimes associated with the ’03 vintage. Cherries, cassis, pencil and plums on the palate. The finish is long with seemingly resolved tannins. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 90 points.

The 2014 is readily available and attractively priced at about $60.

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