Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien 2020 750ml - SPIRITED Wines
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Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien 2020 750ml
SKU: 75657

Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien 2020

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Category Red Wine
Origin France, Bordeaux, St. Julien
Brand Château Gruaud Larose
Alcohol/vol 13.18%
This vintage is marked by one of the rainiest winters in history followed by tropical spring which encouraged bud-burst to occur early. This tendency would persist during all the vegetative process. The frequency and the intensity of precipitation from Easter to Trinity as well as the episode of hail that hit Saint Julien on April 18th, made works difficult and even almost impossible. Arriving of heavy mildew reminds of the similar situation occurred in 2018. Period of flowering enjoyed sunny and dry whether just in the end of spring. Total stop of rains at the summer solstice was followed by a long period of warm and dry weather so it almost provoked drought stress. Two saving storms in the middle of August and in the beginning of September assured a perfect scenario to conclude the vintage. The first one brought necessary water to revive the vines, the second one kept berries tight so they may have reached good ripeness.
Wine Advocate
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A serious, more obviously structured effort than the suave 2019, the 2020 Gruaud Larose opens in the glass with aromas of blackcurrants and blackberries mingled with subtle hints of burning embers, pencil shavings and violets framed by a deft touch of classy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with rich, powdery tannins and vibrant fruit flavors, it concludes with an impressively penetrating finish. However, it appears likely to require patience.

April 6, 2023
Jeb Dunnuck
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Coming from the talented Virginie Salette (the head winemaker since 2017) and tiny yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare, the 2020 Château Gruaud Larose is 79% Cabernet, 14% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, which continues the trend at this estate toward more and more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Beautifully done, with a terrific sense of finesse, it offers a great nose of both red and black fruit as well as leafy tobacco, spring flowers, licorice, and spicy oak. Pure, medium to full-bodied, and wonderfully balanced, with fine tannins, it shows the focused, inward, almost understated style of the vintage without any rusticity or austerity. It needs a solid 7-8 years of bottle age, if not a decade, and is going to be very long-lived. Bravo.

March 29, 2023
Wine Spectator
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Rock-solid, with a core of dark plum, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors held together with cedar, savory, tobacco and singed apple wood notes that add texture and energy through the finish. Built for the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2030 through 2040. 9,250 cases made.

March 31, 2023
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The 2020 Gruaud-Larose is a powerful, dense wine. Super-ripe dark cherry, kirsch, menthol, licorice, rose petal and espresso infuse the palate with tons of intensity. Unctuous and flamboyant, the 2020 also offers a good bit of energy to keep things in balance. The 2020 is very much an extrovert, a gorgeous extrovert at that. Sweet floral and spice accents, along with a kick of sweet French oak, linger.

December 2022

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