2012 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

SKU #1192019 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Barrel Sample.* With so much spicy fruit, intensely ripe blackberry flavors and solid tannins, all the elements of excellence are here, and powered by a firm structure. This wine has weight and a fine Cabernet concentration.  (4/2013)

93 points James Suckling

 A silky and fine red with blueberry, blackberry and floral character. Hints of hazelnuts. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Persistent too. Better in 2017.  (2/2015)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium deep ruby-purple. Perfumed, refined aromas and flavors of black cherry, spicy dark plum, licorice, cedar and ink. Smooth and quite long on the finish. Gruaud was one of the rare properties in 2012 where Petit Verdot managed to ripen fully. In fact, the grand vin contains 6.5% Petit Verdot, Gruaud's entire crop from these vines. (ID)  (5/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Inviting, with a fleshy core of plum, blackberry and anise notes, lined with graphite and warm fruitcake hints and supported by a juicy finish that keeps the toast in the background. Very solid and without the overtly austere feel of the vintage. Drink now through 2020.  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Savoury and dark and not at all leafy. Restrained on the nose. Grainy but ripe tannins, juicy within a firm structure. Still a baby but everthing in harmony for a long life. (17/20 points)  (10/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A nice, earthy, black fruited, spicy and meaty 2012 Gruaud Larose, with medium body, excellent depth, chunky roasted herb and aged beef notes, this wine finishes authoritatively and the tannins are reasonably ripe. Give it another 3-5 years cellaring and drink it over the following 15 or so years. (RP)  (4/2015)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
One of the best value Bordeaux properties, this classified growth has made superb wines for the last 20 years. 2012 is a fruit forward version, but the wine has a tell-tale Cola aroma of St Julien and fine red fruit flavors. Decant one hour and enjoy it in its youth.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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 M├ędoc 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.
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France

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Bordeaux

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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.