Bright garnet color
Big nose of dark berries, cedar, and tobacco
Juicy core, tightly wound layers
An elegance to the finish, but noticeably strong tannins
From a legendary Bordeaux producer, this is a very nice wine. It is elegant and has a lot of delicious layers. Of course, it's young, tightly wound, and has strong tannins.
I intentionally opened this to taste a young Bordeaux alongside an older one, which is reviewed above. I was joined by PB for a side-by-side tasting of these two wines and the youthfulness of the Gruard Larose stood out. It has a juicy core of fruit and is lively. This wine cost $18 for a 375mL bottle.
Some Bordeaux wines are being made to drink a little younger for the impatient customers, but this one needs some time in the bottle. Grab one and lay it down for a while- say 5-10 years. Raise a glass!