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2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

SKU #1135150 91 points Wine Spectator

 This château made a classic grand vin and the second wine is outstanding. Very rich and plummy on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish. Serious concentration here. (JS, Web Only-2003)  (3/2003)

K&L Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Franc 7.5%, Petit Verdot 3% and Malbec 1.5%.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2018 | Send Email
This is a stellar second label from St. Julien and the legendary 2000 vintage. On the nose, gravelly minerals and beautiful dark fruit flavors like plums and blueberries take the stage. On the palate, it has smooth, coating tannins with rich fruit that lasts well into the finish and hints of tertiary development with flavors of leather and herbs underlying. This wine from a top commune and a top vintage for under $50 is a no-brainer. Stock up!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2017 | Send Email
I may be partial to wines from St-Julien, but this particular bottle certainly outshines its price point by a long shot. It's drinking beautifully at present, but still shows plenty of structure to continue aging. On the palate, the wine shows plenty of bright, red fruit, elegant cigar box spice, and just the right amount of savory development. If you are in the market for a nicely aged Bordeaux that drinks beautifully, I wouldn't hesitate to try this wine.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
Finding perfectly stored older Bordeaux at a decent price from a good producer is extremely tough and one of the reasons we deal with so many different negociants in Bordeaux. The 1999 vintage was not one of power and concentration like 2000, it was far softer and easier to drink with nice soft-ripe fruit. My notes reflect exactly that as I told Clyde on the way home on the plane from the 1999 evaluation..."I don't think I have ever written down, tastes good so many times for young wines". The second wine of Gruaud Larose from 1999 is drinking beautifully now showing soft, warm, developed herbal fruit flavors with hints of earth and leather. The 2000 is a few years away from the perfect drinking window and is a much tighter, stronger and fresher expression with some nice red current fruit underneath the wood. Both wines are a steal for mature Bordeaux.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
Darker in color and more closed aromatically than the 1999, this shows the power and structure of the vintage with sweeter fruit and a deeper core of richness. This is full-bodied, chewy and classically styled with ripe tannins embedded in the crunchy currant and dark plum fruit. Decant this for an hour and enjoy with hearty food.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
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Great structure and balance! A wine with great length and complexity with firm tannins and good acidity the 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose. This wine has dark berry fruit, underbrush and bitter chocolate notes unfold on the palate as this youthful 2nd wine begins to spread its wings.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
The second label of second growth Chateau Gruaud-Larose, named for one of the property's most prominent 19th century owners. The 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien shows off the strength of this millennial vintage. Big and round in the mouth with admirable weight. Lightly floral nose with characteristic tobacco notes. Lively fresh-picked blackberry fruit. Finishes firm with tannins still noticeably present. Drink or hold.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
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I just tasted this wine (July 7, 2016). A smoky, toasty, rich and concentrated nose of red fruits. Like the 1999 but richer on nose and on the palate. This has some tannins but with decanting you can enjoy now with a rich meal. I would save this wine for a few years and enjoy the 1999 now.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

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