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1995 Chateau Gruaud LaroseCabernet Sauvignon from France

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"Dark crimson with a little age at the rim. Powerfully scented and spicy – a wine that craves attention. Sweet start, sweet throughout so that it is not one of the subtlest but...

  • 91 Wine Spectator
  • 90 Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
  • 89 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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91

"Intense aromas of crushed blackberries, licorice and Spanish cedar. Full-bodied, concentrated and structured. Give it some time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. -JS" (2007)

90 Ian Dagata - Vinous Media

"Ruby-red with a pale rim. Initially closed nose opens slowly with aeration to offer delicate blackcurrant and mineral aromas complicated by a touch of field herbs. Then richer and deeper on the palate, with flinty blackcurrant, raspberry and herbal flavors carrying nicely through the aftertaste. The chewy, peppery tannins have smoothed out nicely with age. This wine has already developed much more depth and complexity than it showed on release; should it continue to evolve positively, it may yet turn out to be a memorable Gruaud." (04/13)

89 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Revealing more grip and tannin since bottling, the 1995 Gruaud-Larose exhibits a dark ruby color, and a nose of sweet black cherries, licorice, earth, and spice. Rich, with medium to full body, high tannin, and subtle oak in the background, the 1995 is nearly as structured and tannic as the 1996. The two vintages are more similar than dissimilar. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020."

"Gruaud-Larose was purchased in 1997 by Jacques Merlaut, the well-known proprietor of many other chateaux, including Chasse-Spleen. Merlaut was not responsible for making the 1996 or 1995, but is responsible for their elevage and bottling." (02/98)

Product Description:

"Dark crimson with a little age at the rim. Powerfully scented and spicy – a wine that craves attention. Sweet start, sweet throughout so that it is not one of the subtlest but it should deliver lots of pleasure. Just a little chewy on the end even though the fruit has evolved quite a bit. Very Gruaud. Drink 2008 to 2020. (JR)" (02/11) 16.5 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

WINE:
"Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Franc 7,5%, Petit Verdot 3%, Malbec 1,5%. Deep, intense, ruby red colour. The nose is concentrated and reveals fresh fruit of raspberries and red currants. Overtones of smoke and tobacco. Smooth yet precise attack. Notes of juicy fruits mingle with spices such as cinnamon. A touch of minerals on the finish. Great length with a certain acidity that extends it. Peak: 10 years." -Winery

VINTAGE:
"June and July were had noticeable high temperatures and no precipitation. Thanks to the good climatic conditions of the summer, the grapes reached a chemical make-up that could be qualified as excellent at the time of the harvest. September was marked by cool and rainy weather. These precipitations were cause for concern before the harvest but, mostly, they were useful to compensate for the excessive dryness; the consequences hereof could have been detrimental." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 14098
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region St Julien
Ratings

91 - Wine Spectator

90 - Ian Dagata - Vinous Media

89 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 1995
Color Red
ABV 12.5%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
Nose currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box