The wine of kings, the king of wines
In 1997 Chateau Gruaud-Larose, an 1855 classifed growth with a long history, was repurchased by the Merlaut family. Bearer of a long viticulutural tradition dating to the 18th century, Gruaud- Larose is a Saint-Julien whose particularity is that its 82 hectares of vines are in a single, undivided vineyard. With soils that consist of quaternary gravel on a substratum of tertiary clay it possesses the ideal combination for ensuring that the Cabernet-Sauvignon (majority), Merlot, Cabernet-Franc and Malbec receive correct nutrition and reach full ripeness.
As he considers the vines to be like humans the director of the vineyard, Patrick Frederic, is dedicted to employing a homeopathic approach by using natural nutrition to care for the vines. These methods have dramatically reduceds the amount of chemical treatments in the vineyard and has enables them to reach a perfect balance in the wine.
Gruaud-Larose 2010 – incredible aging potential
2010 was an excpetional vintage for the Medoc, one that many believe outshines the “epic” 2009’s. The specific characteristics of the soil, combined with the dry and hot summer conditioned confered minerality, structure, power and finesse to the wines. Gruaud-Larose 2010 expresses the finesse and elegance distinctive of Saint-Julien. This vintage posses a great tannic backbone with a good acidity that will age with a powerful elegance.