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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Château Gruaud-Larose: www.gruaud-larose.com/
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