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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chateau Sarget De Gruaud Larose 2005

Grape Variety: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot

Growing Region: Saint Julian, Bordeaux

Consultant Winemaker: Georges Pauli

88 pts - Wine Spectator, 2006

Chateau Gruaud-Larose is situated in Saint Julien - which is squeezed between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south in the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux.
Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, the 'second wine', is a stunning effort and fantastic value. Made from the youngest vines, it reveals a very fragrant nose, a rich balanced mid-palate and a seamless finish. I have tasted it quite a few times - first at the Chateau 4 years ago and in different tastings since and each time seduced by its harmonious and earthy yet smooth texture and it certainly doesn't lack any depth or intensity.
Chateau Gruaud Larose is consistently one of the best Saint-Julien wines from one vintage to the next, and its young son has shown a similar evenness since its introduction in 1979.
The nose is exotic, floral and aromatic, with cassis and hints of preserved plums and herbs. The high Merlot proportion (33%), which was so rich this vintage, gives the wine an extra roundness in 2005, while the finish is very pure, velvety and a long fruit and toasted oak finish. Remaining true to its St Julien terroir this is a very good wine indeed. Decant for 20mins, Serve at 18C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 5-7 years. *(Limited Availablity)

Perfect wine match with richly flavoured meats, truffle or wine jus and roasted vegetables, enjoy.


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