2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien

SKU #1083713 Jancis Robinson

 The second wine of Gruaud-Larose, farmed organically. Not overblown. Well mannered with an undertow of the drama of the vintage. Drink 2013-2020.  (4/2013)

Wine Spectator

 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. (JM)  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

This second wine of Gruaud Larose performed very well in 2009, with intense concentration 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.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2017 | Send Email
The second wine of Gruaud-Larose is big and rather brooding at present with substantial red and dark fruits crammed into the chewy textured middle. This will be very long lived and decanting is recommended at present but the 2nd Growth pedigree in unmistakable.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2017 | Send Email
The 2009 Sarget is - no surprise here - a seriously built and structured wine. That is not to suggest that those who choose to enjoy now (ideally with a 45 minute plus decant) will not get more than their fair share of Gruad Larose style and savor but, rather, simply to say that those who choose to age this wine for another several years (or longer) will be amply rewarded.

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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.