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Chateau Gruaud-Larose 2003 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classe

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2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855.

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The 2003 vintage in Bordeaux is a vintage whose wines have evolved magnificently. It was marked by particularly hot weather during the first two weeks of August. However, the rainfall was distributed throughout the season, allowing the vines not to suffer too much from the drought and heat. The more temperate month of September allowed the grapes to complete their maturation very serenely.

Blend of the 2003 vintage : 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

The color is a dark red, almost brown, with bright tiled reflections.

Thenose opens with expressive and balanced notes of very ripe red fruits, currant, cigar box, leather and pepper.

Introduced in the mouth, the palate offers melted and wonderfully integrated tannins, which give the wine suppleness and a lot of freshness. It delivers fruity, woody and truffle flavors, supported by a nice acidity that carries it through to the long and racy finish.

Food and wine pairing :

Château Gruaud Larose 2003 will go well with entrecote steak with Bordeaux sauce, veal escalope à la viennoise, duck breast with pepper sauce or Bresse chicken with morels.

Choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire or Salers.

For dessert, it will be particularly exquisite with a black forest, a chocolate ganache or a tiramisu.

Ageing potential and tasting :

Château Gruaud Larose 2003 is perfectly ready to be enjoyed today, taking care to open and if possible decant the bottle at least 3 to 4 hours before tasting.

Do not hesitate to proceed to successive tastings to measure the evolution of the wine and its qualitative peak.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70 %.

Size : 750ml
Appellation : Saint-Julien
Vintage : 2003
Color : Red
Classification : 2nd Classified Growth

Château Gruaud-Larose, who belonged to the Gruaud family since 1725 then to the related Larose family, is located at the peak of Saint Julien, on hillcrests of deep Garonne gravel.

This wine is a second Grand Cru classified Saint Julien from the 1855 prestigious list.

The vineyard spreads on about 82 hectares of an average age of 45 years and production amounts to 460 barrels per year depending on the vintages, that is to say 550.000 bottles for an average yield per hectare of 4.500 to 5.000 litres.

Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot Noir 31 %, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 3% et Malbec 1%

The whole harvest is done by hand and the wine is matured entirely in barrels, of which a third in new barrels, for 16 to 18 months depending on the year, before being bottled.

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