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2010 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

SKU #1171770 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Ripe raspberries and blueberries with hints of fresh flowers. Deep nose of dark fruits. Full body, with silky tannins and a beautifully integrated tannin structure. It's long and very refined. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark For anybody looking for classic Bordeaux, this is the bottle to seek. 'Classic' here means a wine with a tannic structure that also relies on a black currant flavor, with acidity providing freshness but not losing any concentration or aging potential. Keep for many years. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required. (RP) 93+ Inner quote mark (2/2013)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Gruaud Larose is maturing nicely on the nose: well defined red and black fruit intermingling, hints of meat juices and a subtle briny scents that seems to gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins. This Gruaud-Larose displays fine body and density, a slightly powdery texture with hints of liquorice and sea salt towards the persistent and quite burly finish. Like many other 2010s it will benefit from more time in bottle. (NM) 93+ Inner quote mark (4/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is distinctive, with an aromatic roasted alder wood streak leading the way, quickly followed by dense but sleek blackberry cobbler, currant paste and warm plum sauce notes. Well-polished through the finish, offering deeply embedded acidity. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red-ruby. Blackcurrant, smoke, tobacco and leather on the nose, with hints of game and earth. Round, lush and seamless in the mouth; shows an animal aspect yet comes across as civilized owing to well-judged extraction. Enticing sweetness to the flavors of dark and red berries and wild herbs, lifted by a note of candied flowers. This has the concentration and body to support its serious but sweet tannins. I would not be surprised if this large-scaled wine shut down in bottle in the near future, but it should also be long-lived. (ST) 92+ Inner quote mark (8/2013)

K&L Notes

93 points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Gruaud Larose delivers notes of warm cassis, blackberry compote and boysenberries with nuances of new leather, unsmoked cigars and bay leaves plus a medicinal waft. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with generous black fruit preserves, sparked by herbal and earthy hints and supported with a firm, grainy texture, finishing with gorgeous freshness." (3/2020)

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