Château Gruaud-Larose 2010 shows a shiny, violet-tinted garnet colour as well as a rich, intense nose dominated by elegant wood notes. Vanilla, coffee, and spices, coated with blackcurrant touches convey the exotic nature of the wine. Due to young age, wood flavours command a luscious palate that reveals ripe fruits sustained with chocolate and mocha. Château Gruaud-Larose 2010 exhibits power, classical elegance, remarkable finesse, and steady balance. Born in an exceptional year for Cabernets Sauvignons, this is definitely one of the greatest vintage of the chateau.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.