Chateau Gruaud-Larose is a second growth property in the Saint-Julien appellation.
After a bit of inconsitency in the 70's and 80's, they turned a corner in 1997 (once the Chateau was bought by the Merlaut family) and is now thought to be one of the Medoc's great vineyards. Jean Merlaut introduced various sustainable viticultural practices, such as being one of the first chateaux to ban insecticides, herbicides and pesticides.
The wine is predominantly a blend of largely Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot. Small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are also included. The wine spends 18 months in wood, 80% new, and the wine is capable of ageing for between 12 and 30 years.
At best, it is a rich Saint-Julien with great finesse, length and staying power: vintages of the last 100 years and more in the property's cellars prove its ageing ability. The motto of the Chateau is: 'The king of wines and the wine of kings' and more than ever it proves to be worthy of such a sentiment.