2008 chateau gruaud larose 2eme cru classe, saint-julien
Why We're Buying
At almost 300 years old, Château Gruaud-Larose is young by French wine estate standards. Despite the "late" start, its Saint Julien vineyard produces robust Bordeaux with decades of aging potential.
Barrel sample. Good density here, structured, with some jammy sweet fruits as well as a dark layer of dense tannins. The potential is well for a well balanced wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Roasted, with dark fig, plum and cocoa flavors. Extra black tea, bittersweet cocoa and anise notes linger through the finish. Shows solid depth. Drink now through 2017. 10,462 cases made.