2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien
The second wine of Gruaud-Larose, farmed organically. Not overblown. Well mannered with an undertow of the drama of the vintage. Drink 2013-2020.
A little leaner, with blueberry and currant character, medium body and a firm finish...
This has a nice beefy edge, offering roasted fig, plum and warm tobacco leaf notes, with bittersweet cocoa inlaid on the slightly gutsy finish. On the rustic side, but solid and winey. This second wine is also released under the Larose de Gruaud label. Best from 2013 through 2020.
This second wine of Gruaud Larose performed very well in 2009, with intense concetration and complexity. Plus, it is drinking well now. Wine Spectator rated the first wine 94-97 points. This estate is one of K&L's veteran Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands' favorites.