1994 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien
Light, jammy fruit nose. Attractive fruit on the palate, with good, round tannins - an elegant wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It has been a few years since I last tasted this vintage of Gruaud.... The nose is light but nicely defined with faded dark plum, undergrowth and cigar box scents. The palate is well balanced with a leafy green edge one might expect for the vintage....and yet you cannot help feeling that a bottle served on the dining table would be polished off without complaint. Approach it for what it is and you will not be disappointed. Drink now. Tasted February 2013. (Neil Martin's Wine Journal)
A medium-bodied but firm expression of Gruaud-Larose, a rare Bordeaux known for including all the region's varietals. 1994 was a warm, sunny vintage bedeviled by rain during harvest. Consequently, many of the wines from the Médoc are dilute, or suffer from green or astringent tannins. The ’94 Gruaud Larose is an exception, displaying unexpected ripeness and weight. There is much to savor here: sweet black fruits and a hint of that cigar box character that I typically associate with Gruaud Larose. A strong effort for the vintage. Classified as a second growth in 1855, this is an often underrated property that seems to epitomize all that is good about St-Julien. (Jeff Garneau, K&L, 5/2016)