With an 82ha vineyard with high-quality organic soil, Château Gruaud Larose produces over 400.000 Bottles of wine per year.
Here, it is the poverty of the soil that lies at the origin of the greatest crus, a soil made
up of humus, clay, sand, and pebbles abandoned by the river.
The subsoil is red, yellow or blue clay, followed by sand and still more round stones,
coming from the Pyrenean diluvium.
The 82 contiguous hectares making up the Gruaud Larose vineyard are covered
mostly by Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), planted on gravel, along with Merlot (30%),
growing on chalky clay soil, along with Cabernet Franc (7%) and a hint of Petit
The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, the signature of great Medoc wines, provides power, structure and complexity, while Merlot and Cabernet Franc add greater suppleness and charm. Château Gruaud Larose is all about balance and, so as to reach the finest expression of this soil, Jean Merlaut has set up a large-scale vine-pul-
ling scheme. As a result, over the past few years, 40% of the vines have grubbed up, at an average of 2 hectares a year.
Jean Merlaut has also decided to conduct a cutting-edge replanting and vine-population policy which will, in the long term, pro-
vide even more exceptional wines.