2001 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

SKU #1030161

This second wine of Gruaud Larose performed very well in 2001, with intense concetration and complexity. Plus it is drinking well now. Parker rated the first wine 90 points. This estate is one of K&L's veteran Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands' favorites. According to Ralph: "The style of Gruaud is unique, and the vineyard blend has a lot to do with this. Made from 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, it is one of the few wines left in Bordeaux that still uses all five grape varietals."

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/28/2013  | Send Email
Deep color. Perfumey aromas-quite powerful but softens with air.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2012  | Send Email
Yet another hit of the tasting! I hope that it lasts until this newsletter comes out. The nose was muted at first, but it had been double decanted and opened three hours before the tasting. When the nose opened it had plenty of black fruit, and the palate still showed plenty of concentrated ripe fruit with cedar and spice. The finish had a freshness to it from the acidity along with some heady, ripe fruit.

 By: red wine  |  Review Date: 12/1/2012 
This one is perfect St. Julien. Dry, balanced. Let it breath 3 hours, so it still has some time
Drink from 2012 to 2015

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 5/27/2012 
Ruby-red in the glass. The nose just bursts with smoky, currant notes. Herbs & minerals abound. A medium body wine that still shows a surprisingly backward finish given the age & the fact that this is a second wine which should be drunk sooner than the flagship! Chewy tannins, chunky raspberry, herbs & minerals on the attack. A delicious second wine!

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.