Chateau Gruaud Larose 2016

Chateau Gruaud Larose 2016

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Winter 2015-16 will go down in history as very mild and rainy followed by an early bud break that was rapidly mitigated by a cool and humid spring. Strong fungal disease pressure was to be observed in the vineyard. The weather in the second week of June enabled optimal flowering, but was again followed by heavy rainfall. Fortunately, good weather arrived by the end of June, along with the temperature. It lasted all summer allowing for perfect development of the grapes which, thanks to water supplies in the soil, didn't suffer from the drought, apart from the very end of the season. High water stress in the vineyard early September blocked the ripening process, but a big rainstorm (45 mm of rain) on September 13th relaunched the evolution in the vineyard. The dry and warm weather lasted until the end of harvest thus auguring an exceptional vintage, both in terms of quality and quantity.

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 29%, Cabernet Franc 2%. Aged 18-24 months in fine grain French oak (80% new).

Gruaud Larose was chosen as a Second Growth in the 1855 Classification.
Wine Spectator: 93
This has a wide range of red currant, blackberry, black cherry and açaí berry fruit flavors forming the core, with a very sleek iron note lurking underneath it all. The finish uses a fine singed wood stitching to pull the fruit and minerality together. Lovely. Best from 2023 through 2038. 12,200 cases made
Wine Advocate: 94
The 2016 Gruaud Larose is blended of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with notes of red and black cherries, warm plums and freshly crushed blackcurrants plus hints of violets, oolong tea, aniseed and tilled soil with a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate struts tons of elegantly fragrant red and black fruit flavors with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
Decanter: 95
A balanced, measured, incredibly tight delivery of the triumvirate of tannins, fruit and acidity. The architecture hits the level of the 2010, fairly unusual in a year where the tannins have such a deft brush stroke in the main. This is a great Gruaud that is going to run and run. Aged for 18 months in 80% new oak. As of 2017, half of the vineyard (approximately 40ha) is being worked biodynamically.
Wine Enthusiast: 94
This wine is rich and juicy, with fine tannins that come as much from the fruit as from the wood aging. It shows great promise for positive development.
James Suckling: 96
Full-bodied, layered and juicy young wine. Very tannic yet ripe and intense. Powerful finish. This will be excellent. Better than the 2015.