"Gruaud-Larose has often been described as a super-second, placing it in with the group of Deuxième Cru Classé properties that challenge the elite Premier Cru Classé estates for supremacy in Bordeaux.
"Since 1989, Clos du Marquis has been close to the quality of a third or fourth growth."
— Robert Parker
"Château Talbot takes its name from John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who in 1453 suffered the ignominy of losing the battle — and with it his life — which allowed Bordeaux and its vineyards to slip back into French control after belonging to the British Crown for over 340 years.
"The style of Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of elegance combined with the balance and fruit character one expects from St-Julien.The Léovilles can be more powerfully structured, and Gruaud-Larose occasionally richer, but Ducru-Beaucaillou leads with its finesse and length and freshness on the finish."