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2008 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Julien - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Julien

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
Producer Notes

The phrase "The King of Wines..." adorns its label, but this isn't Bordeaux Budweiser. In fact, St. Julien's Second-Growth-classified Chateau Gruaud Larose was known as "the wine of kings" back in the late 1700s and continues this legacy today. The most notable recent example is President Chirac serving 1990 Gruaud Larose to President Clinton at Parisian bistro L'Ami Louis in June, 1999. ... More »

IWC 89
WA 90
WS 90
JR 17
Drink Dates
WA: 2013-2033 WS: 2011-2017
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750ml $79.95

IWC 89
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 157

Good medium red. Plum, redcurrant, tobacco and a whiff of camphor on the nose, with a faint green quality building with air. Lush and supple, showing the slightly horsey, leathery quality typical of this property's wine. Nicely light on its feet, though. Finishes slightly dry, with a fine dusting of tannins.

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JR 17
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2013-2022

Marked toasty aroma. On the palate, gentle, elegant and fresh. Red-fruited, surprisingly silky and long.

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WA 90
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 194
Drink Dates 2013-2033

While the 2008 is not a blockbuster, it is a strong effort for the vintage. This dark plum/purple-hued wine reveals some background oak, licorice, earth, plum, black currant and cherry notes intertwined with a foresty/mossy component. Deep, polished and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, it builds incrementally on the palate. This impressive 2008 will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well for two decades.

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WS 90
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011-2017

Roasted, with dark fig, plum and cocoa flavors. Extra black tea, bittersweet cocoa and anise notes linger through the finish. Shows solid depth.

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Author MB0007
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 71.429%
Tasted On 11/19/2012
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