Wine Review

Color:  Red

Type:  Table

Maturity:  Ready

Appellation:  Saint Julien
Country:  France



Region:  Bordeaux
Producer Wine Name Varietal Reviewer Rating Vintage Cost
Sarget De Gruaud Larose    Blended Red Mike Taylor Very good  2003  $15.00
Sarget de Gruaud~Larose is the second label of Chateau Gruaud Larose. The fruit that does not make it into the Chateau's wine will be generally released under this second label. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Petit Verdot (4%) and Malbec (2%).

The 2003 is medium ruby red in color. The nose has aromas of berries, toast, smoke, earthy clove, bacon and floral. In other words, there is a lot going on in the nose! The wine is tightly structured in the mouth and the berry flavor follows through from the nose. Drying tannins lean toward puckering astringency. With refreshing acidity and a lean body showing a firm consistency, this wine needs a bit of time to breathe when opened - when doing so, you'll find it softens considerably. Pairing it with a beef dish works nicely.
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Date added: June 06, 2006
Superb: 95-100 | Excellent: 90-94 | Very Good: 85-89 | Good: 80-84 | Ordinary: 75-79 | Undrinkable: 50-74

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