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1961 Château Gruaud-Larose

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; mid shoulder fill; label condition issue

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96Robert M. Parker Jr.

It continues to exhibit a dark garnet color with some amber, a wonderfully fragrant quality, a viscous texture, sensation depth of fruit, and a fabulous, albeit alcoholic finish

93Stephen Tanzer

Explosive, somewhat rustic aromas of redcurrant, roasted plum, leather, earth and meat, complicated by a dusty note and some noticeable volatile acidity. Very sweet and powerful in the mouth, with mature flavors...

90Wine Spectator

Has this château's characteristic earthy style, seeming almost pungent on first whiff, but it also packs plenty of ripe, sweet-seeming fruit flavor. In very solid condition, full-bodied but well balanced, firm with tannins.


France, Bordeaux, St.-Julien

Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four main Médoc appellations with 2,175 acres of vineyards. It is just south of Pauillac on the left bank of the Gironde, and although it has no First Growth châteaux, its 11 Classified Growth estates are widely admired. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that winemaking in Saint-Julien from all classifications “is consistently both distinctive and brilliant.” He adds it is Médoc’s “most underrated commune.” The best-known estates are Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton and Gruaud Larose, and most of those have riverside estates. The soil in this appellation is gravelly with clay. Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape grown, and it is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and sometimes small amounts of Petit Verdot.