Chateau Gruaud Larose 2014, from vines averaging 46 years old, is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. An intense ruby-tinted hue introduces this 2014 Saint-Julien with red fruits (cherry) scents, but also succulent almond paste, and flower -mainly jasmine notes. Fine, silky tannins underlying the fleshy palate bring lovely length. The finish is fragrant, fresh, and savoury.
The 2014 Gruaud Larose has a light and airy bouquet at first, one that gathers depth with aeration. It is a little conservative at the moment, dusky black fruit mixed with sage and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly angular tannin. It is certainly fresh in the mouth, although it feels a tad pinched towards the finish; therefore, afford this 4-5 years in bottle to develop more substance and ambition.