The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose


As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur de Larose. In 1781, the name of the new owner was added and the Cru became Gruaud Larose.

Upon his death in 1795, Monsieur de Larose passed the Château on to Messrs Balguerie, Sarget and Verdonnet. By 1865, the undivided estate was shared between the heirs Balguerie and Sarget, generating two crus: Gruaud Larose-Bethmann and Gruaud Larose-Sarget.

In 1917, Désiré Cordier bought the Sarget family’s share. In 1935, several years before the start of the Second World War, he also acquired the Bethmann family’s share, and took the opportunity to unite the estate by buying Gruaud Larose-Faure. Once restored, the estate covered 137 hectares with 68 under vines.

The Suez Company bought the Cordier empire in 1983 becoming owners of Gruaud Larose. Then, in 1993, Gruaud Larose was sold to the industrial group Alcatel-Alsthom. Finally in 1997, the Merlaut family, already owners of several Medoc cru estates, bought Gruaud Larose.

Join us as we talk with David Launay, Managing Director
 at Château Gruaud-Larose about the history and winemaking at the Château, and what makes the wines of Saint-Julien so special.

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4 Responses to “The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose”

  1. 1 Brian Jan 21st, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I am soooo glad you guys asked the question about how their dealing with “Global Warming.” I mean, gosh, I would hate to hear if they couldn’t cope 10, 20, or even 50 years down the road due to all this CO2 we are emitting into the air that’s causing our planet to warm.

    What you missed the boat on is what they think about increasing taxes on wine to help offset our carbon footprint, to…you know, slow down…(snicker snicker) GLOBAL WARMING!

  2. 2 Damien Jan 24th, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Hi Jay,

    I’ve got this downloaded to listen to on the plane. I interviewed David at length here in Chicago and have been invited to the Chateau to film and chat again next weekend.

    Anything from this that you’d like to follow up on or hear more about? I look forward to listening to this first.



  3. 3 Jay Selman Jan 24th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I do have a question but it’s not specific to them. I’ve been wondering what BDX producers are doing to appeal to younger consumers? I would think this question becomes more difficult to answer because as BDX prices raise so does the difficulty of young consumers be able to afford it. In additio, I think to some extent BDX has a image of been something that’s for older consumers.


  4. 4 Damien Jan 24th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    From memory, I think we talked about that in Chicago a bit, but I will ask a again. Listening now, and I am reminded that we also talked about the Loire Valley and his origins as well. More coming.

    I’ll ask about the image, for sure.


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