Château Gruaud Larose 2005, St Julien
A deliciously deep ruby colour that moves seamlessly around the glass, with pure black and redcurrant fruit, liquorice and spice on the palate, creating a wonderfully dense claret. Surprisingly drinkable at this stage but will continue to develop in the bottle.
In 1757, Mr. Gruaud grouped a number of small vineyards together to form one large one, under his name. Eventually a descendant of the first owner took over the property. His name was Larose, and he immediately linked his name to the estate, bought by Mr. Desire Cordier in 1915. Managed under the direction of Mr. Georges Pauly, the highly respected director of Domaines Cordier, Gruaud Larose is one of St. Julien's most popular wines. Its large production has a quality that is consistently very high. One of the most continuously successful wines produced in Bordeaux, regardless of vintage.
The wines are full bodied, but elegant with lots of fruit when young. They age very well and develop all the characteristics of a great Bordeaux, tending to be smoother and more elegant than many contempories.