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Château Grossombre de Saint-Joseph Red

This remarkable wine immediately attracts one's attention because of its deep reddish-black colour. The bouquet strikes a fine balance between vanilla nuances, smoky aromas and ripe fruit (mainly blackcurrant) overtones. Château Grossombre starts out quite smooth and is altogether generous and well-structured on the palate. Spicy, oaky notes prolong the pleasure of this rich wine that deserves to age.

label château Grossombre de Saint-Joseph red 2011
Appellation : Bordeaux supérieur

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 50% / Merlot 50%.


Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment


Purplish and ruby-red with brilliant highlights. One is immediately attracted by the lovely deep colour.


The nose is still strongly marked by oak (vanilla aromas). However, the wine is still quite young and has sufficient personality to reveal ripe fruit aromas (blackcurrant and redcurrant).


The wine starts out full-bodied on the palate, with red fruit flavours to match those on the nose. It is astonishingly well-balanced even just a few weeks after bottling.  It has all the hallmarks of a great wine! The balance between richness and tannin is splendid, and the long, smoky finish enhances the impression of complexity. 2011 Grossombre will go beautifully with a grilled flank steak, woodcock with ceps, veal chops, or pork dishes.

Ratings and reviews

Decanter : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Recommended. A lesser-known Beatrice Lurton wine (daughter of André Lurton of Château Bonnet and Château Rochemorin, among many others). A touch thin on finish, but overall this is a good fresh, juicy expression of Carbernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Fruit, very well handled on the extraction so there is no bitterness. Drink 2013-2017. (Alc 12,5% abv) . (Jane Anson)

Other : 
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Vinogusto (Spécial Bordeaux Supérieur) - Attractive, fruity nose with a few subtle oaky nuances. Silky, smooth, and powerful on the palate with crunchy fruit. Well-structured wine best enjoyed at table, especially with red meats.

Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 


Located in the Entre-Deux-Mers, like the "mother estate" in Grézillac, Grossombre belongs to Béatrice Lurton, one of André Lurton's daughters. The blend consists of an equal amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and this 2011 is the perfect wine with grilled meats. Short-term barrel ageing (six months) has conferred a few spicy notes, but one taster commented: "There's fruit here, nothing but fruit". The nose is reminiscent of kirsch with subtle pepper overtones. The wine is rich, concentrated and long on the palate with tannin that is still vivacious and fresh. Enjoyable as of now.


Coup de Coeur - Concours de Bordeaux - 2014 Wuhan Trophy
Coup de Coeur - Concours de Bordeaux - Wuhan 2014
silver medal - 2014 Concours de Bordeaux vins d'Aquitaine
Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2014

Consumption period

2013 - 2021

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12.30 ha


Clay-limestone and clay-siliceous.


Grape harvest

By hand or manual sorting before machine harvest.


Graft stock

3309C - 101.14 - Fercal

Plant food

Traditional, limited application

Plant density

3,500 to 5,000 vines per hectare

Wine average age

17 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon 50% / Merlot 50%.

Pruning type

Double guyot


In stainless-steel temperature controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system.

Fermentation temperature




Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels.

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Maturing potential

5 to 15 years