Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
75cl * 13.0% ABV * Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
The prestigious Bordeaux property of Gruaud-Larose, a 2nd growth in the 1855 classification, lies in the commune of Saint-Julien, a single vineyard of 80 hectares composed of gravels from the Gironde estuary. Gruaud was one of the first Bordeaux estates to abandon synthetic pesticides and herbicides in the vineyard during the late nineties, turning to mechanical and organic solutions to protect and nourish the vines. Though not biodynamic, they do employ natural homeopathic treatments such as organic compost made from seaweed to protect against mildew and rot.
This is a truly stunning and extremely exciting wine. The 2010 is refined, yet there is an abundance of silky blackberry fruit, super-fine tannins and a lively energy that is hard to define. Ready to enjoy now, although this is long-lived wine and will continue to blossom and develop for at least another decade.
Robert Parker score: 93/100
Drink now - 2035