2020 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.
The tannins make their presence felt from the first moments, giving both depth and spice but also a certain constriction. This is not a year for exuberant second wines in St-Julien - there are well-framed black fruits, some fresh St-Julien balance, but a little sombre overall. 60% of overall production. Cabernet Franc 3% completes the blend.