Château Gruaud-Larose is an estate in Saint Julien de Beychevelle on the left bank of the Bordeaux region. It makes red wine under the Saint-Julien AOC. The estate was created in 1757 by Abbé Gruaud, which he left to his nephew, Sébastien Larose, whence the name. From 1934 the estate was reconstitute by Désiré Cordier.
Winemaking: ‘The wines have undergone cold pre-fermentation maceration since 2000, as the anthocyanins dissolve more easily in juice than in alcohol. It imparts a very broad flavour spectrum, lots of varietal flavour as well as colour. 10% of the hand harvest is rejected as not quite ripe or not high enough quality as the grapes need to be extremely healthy given that the wine spends a total of approximately 1 month in contact with the skin and pips. Pauli is a believer in lots of extraction and classic élevage, and is ultimately striving for authenticity. To this end the wine never has more than 1/3rd new oak,’ (Roy Richards, Richards Walford Bordeaux report).
Saint-Julien AOC, Sarget de Gruaud-Larose: The second wine.
Saint-Julien AOC, Château Gruaud-Larose: