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Chateau Gruaud Larose 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien, 2002

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Type Wine (Still)
Colour Red
Alcohol Content 13
Vintage 2002
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub Region Saint-Julien
Critic Review
Critic Review
An Exploration of Time: Gruaud Larose 1831-2018 (Mar 2024)

The 2002 Gruaud Larose has a straightforward tobacco and sous-bois scented bouquet that simply needs more fruit and more presence. Quite austere. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly coarse texture and fine acidity, but some rusticity towards the finish feels a bit shallow. Not bad, though the bottle encountered just a year earlier certainly showed better. Tasted at the Gruaud Larose vertical at the château in February 2023.

Neal Martin - 86

A Century of Bordeaux: The Twos (Sep 2022)

The 2002 Gruaud Larose is a vintage that I have not tasted for some time. It was matured in 30% new oak for 16 to 18 months. At 20 years old, it has an open bouquet, quite fragrant, mainly red berry fruit with iron piping, orange rind and saddle-leather scents, seemingly fully mature yet with commendable vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly spiced entry, quite mature and a little fungal with some brettanomyces towards the slightly austere finish. Enjoyable, old school Gruaud. I would not leave bottles too much longer in the cellar unless in larger formats. Tasted at the château.

Neal Martin - 88

Vertical Tasting of Chateau Gruaud Larose (Apr 2013)

Medium-dark ruby-red. Spicy plum and cocoa aromas are lifted by floral and minty notes. Enters the mouth surprisingly rich, then turns leaner in the middle palate, showing fresh blackcurrant and chocolate flavors of modest intensity. The moderately long finish features mounting, mouthcoating tannins. I doubt there's enough fruit here to support the tannins in the long run, so I'd drink this up over the next few years. Still, it's a very good wine given the difficulties of this rainy, coolvintage.

Ian d'Agata - 88

The Annual Red Bordeaux Report (May 2005)

Medium red-ruby. Slightly horsey aromas of currant liqueur, leather and smoke. Then sweet and rather easygoing in the mouth, with flavors of red berry syrup, coffee, chocolate and minerals. along with some herbal highlights. Conveys an impression of sucrosity and finishes with dusty tannins and good length. Compared to this wine, the 2001 and 2000 were distinctly more rustic and leathery.

Stephen Tanzer - 88

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