Château Gruaud Larose

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.163 ratings
9.116 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Jeff Loo

Very surprising for 2003, not at all over the top or too ripe. The fruit is just starting to mature yet the tannins have integrated beautifully. Mid palate has mouthwatering acidity that leads into a very complex and satisfying finish.

Very surprising for 2003, not at all over the top or too ripe. The fruit is just starting to mature yet the tannins have integrated beautifully. Mid palate has mouthwatering acidity that leads into a very complex and satisfying finish.

Dec 27th, 2018
Shawn R

Doing well!

Doing well!

Apr 7th, 2018
James Forsyth

Scampi NYC is a popular new Southern Italian influenced restaurant in Manhattan's Flatiron district, led by a chef whose previous gigs included Ai Fiori (good food, corporate vibe) and The Spaniard (don't look beyond the burger). The extensive wine list was put together by @Kimberly Prokoshyn, former head somm at Rebelle and stalwart of many a La Festa del Barolo. The list's main strength is its reasonably priced back vintages from Bordeaux and Burgundy - of all possible strengths, that's about as good as it gets.

My father in law's birthday made for the ideal occasion to visit. The restaurant is loud but not quite excessively. Dishes are all designed to share and range from delicious light dishes, of which the fluke crudo was a highlight, to more hearty fare such the half chicken and rib eye steak. The pastas were innovative, rich and addictively good.

Our first wine was a 2003 Gruard Larose. It is rich and ripe, mocha, black fruits and leather. It sustains nicely while the tannins are pleasingly resolved. It's probably about as good as this wine will get. The power of this Bordeaux stood up well to the vivid flavors of the cuisine, and was a dream with the campanelle with fennel sausage.

The appetite was whetted for the next bottle...

Scampi NYC is a popular new Southern Italian influenced restaurant in Manhattan's Flatiron district, led by a chef whose previous gigs included Ai Fiori (good food, corporate vibe) and The Spaniard (don't look beyond the burger). The extensive wine list was put together by @Kimberly Prokoshyn, former head somm at Rebelle and stalwart of many a La Festa del Barolo. The list's main strength is its reasonably priced back vintages from Bordeaux and Burgundy - of all possible strengths, that's about as good as it gets.

My father in law's birthday made for the ideal occasion to visit. The restaurant is loud but not quite excessively. Dishes are all designed to share and range from delicious light dishes, of which the fluke crudo was a highlight, to more hearty fare such the half chicken and rib eye steak. The pastas were innovative, rich and addictively good.

Our first wine was a 2003 Gruard Larose. It is rich and ripe, mocha, black fruits and leather. It sustains nicely while the tannins are pleasingly resolved. It's probably about as good as this wine will get. The power of this Bordeaux stood up well to the vivid flavors of the cuisine, and was a dream with the campanelle with fennel sausage.

The appetite was whetted for the next bottle...

Mar 16th, 2018
Bill Bender

My favorite BDX of the night in a runaway. Inviting warm sweet red fruit, some oak treatment, full mouthfeel and ample lush length. In an excellent drinking window. Good to see the 03s settling down a bit. Thank you @romo

My favorite BDX of the night in a runaway. Inviting warm sweet red fruit, some oak treatment, full mouthfeel and ample lush length. In an excellent drinking window. Good to see the 03s settling down a bit. Thank you @romo

1 person found it helpfulFeb 18th, 2019
Ben Franco

Owner Winedown cafe & wine bar

9.0

Wow, violets fresh floral notes dusty palate powerful yet tame tannins

Wow, violets fresh floral notes dusty palate powerful yet tame tannins

1 person found it helpfulSep 26th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Served with lunch during En Primeur week. Drinking beautifully.

Served with lunch during En Primeur week. Drinking beautifully.

1 person found it helpfulApr 6th, 2016
Dan Thomas

Very nice somewhat mature. Still has a ample fruit. Tannins have mellowed.

Very nice somewhat mature. Still has a ample fruit. Tannins have mellowed.

Nov 29th, 2015
Daniel Bailey

Sommelier Mastros Steakhouse

8.9

O3 poured from a three litre, still drinking real young with very bright red fruit, nice balance of acid and tannin, minimal oak. Like tart cherry Sweet Tarts with an earthy finish.

O3 poured from a three litre, still drinking real young with very bright red fruit, nice balance of acid and tannin, minimal oak. Like tart cherry Sweet Tarts with an earthy finish.

Oct 31st, 2014
Gretchen Pen

Little dirty and on the other side of the hill. Fruits still there though, little menthol, leather & dried potpourri of red flowers.

Little dirty and on the other side of the hill. Fruits still there though, little menthol, leather & dried potpourri of red flowers.

May 9th, 2014
Kenji Cal

Very tight. Short. Maybe should have decanted....

Very tight. Short. Maybe should have decanted....

May 25th, 2019