The 2003 Gruaud Larose St Julien 9 L is from the St Julien region of Bordeaux.
wa88Wine Advocate 88 points
The 2003 Gruaud Larose’s dark plum/garnet color is followed by sweet aromas of damp earth, forest floor, herbs, espresso roast, cassis, licorice, and plums. Medium-bodied as well as surprisingly up-front and precocious, it possesses sweet tannin, very nice concentration, and loads of earthy/herbal characteristics intermixed with black fruits, and an attractive, but supple, evolved finish. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. It does not rank alongside the top St.-Juliens.- Robert Parker Jr. (04/2006)
ws92Wine Spectator 92 points
Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, sweet tobacco and espresso. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. I like the texture. Best after 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 16,665 cases made. –JS WS
VN89Vinous (Stephen Tanzer) 89 points
(66% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot and 1% malbec): Dark red. Spicy red plum and blackcurrant aromas on the enticing nose; this doesn't smell at all overripe or cooked, as so many other overrated 23 Bordeaux reds do. Bright and suave on the palate, with fresh flavors of red and darker berries complicated by flint, cedar and smoke. Finishes long and surprisingly lively for such a hot vintage.- Ian D'Agata (4/213)