Off Topic: Sarget de Gruard Larose St-Emilion 2010
The night before I was fortunate to enjoy a superlative tasting of 2005 Bordeaux’s. My nose and head was still full of sense-memories of the wonderful wines I had experienced from that part of the world*. I had to keep the feeling going…
So then, this is the second wine of the Second Growth property Ch. Gruard Larose from the appellation of St-Julien in Bordeaux. 70% of the growers grape crop goes into the Sarget. I bought this bottle en primeur in 2011 from Glengarry, solely on the glowing tasting notes accompanying the offer.
Dark garnet colour. 14% alcohol
Big expressive nose of black cherry, plum, spice and cassis. It smelt perfect.
Sweet entry. Black cherry and pepper showing on the mid-palate. Firm and tannic, this wine is a hefty delight in the mouth. Young too, probably opened 2-3 years too early. Supple and chewy. Showing some tar and tobacco notes also. Drying finish.
This hit the sweet-spot alright! 92 Points
*Tasting notes to come