The Deal: $79.99 cash (was $106.39 cash) good from 10/14/14 thru 10/18/14
The Person: Jean Merlaut (owner) (Consultant: Eric Boissenot)
The Place: Ch. Gruaud Larose in the southwestern quadrant of St. Julien in the Haut Medoc in Bordeaux.
Ch. GRUAUD LAROSE, St. Julien, 2010
A 14% alcohol blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 6% Petite Verdot fermented using pump-over in 60% concrete and 40% wooden Tanks with malo-lactic in tank with the pomace after the post fermentation maceration. Aged 16 months in all French oak barrels (50% new). Deep purple in color with well formed legs; dry, medium full-bodied with balanced acidity and medium-chewy phenolics. Dense. dark. juicy black & red fruit (blackberry black currant black cherry and red cherry) with dusty-gravelly earth,spicy dusty oak, and accents of black pepper, tobacco, cigar box, pencil shavings, subtle spice. Really long finish. BearScore: 93+. Owner Jean Merlaut (Consultant – Eric Boissenot).