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 Vintage1979 Label 1 of 286 
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1990 and 2004 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 28 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by joost on 11/10/2015 & rated 92 points: from DM took 2 hours to open up and for the tannins to soften, beautiful classic claret (522 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 10/31/2014: [From a half bottle.] Quite mature. Mulchy black fruit nose. Going over the hill. Nice up front, but too much oxidation in the finish. Drink up. (1961 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 9/26/2014 & rated 90 points: Old Wine Offline; 9/26/2014-9/27/2014 (The Room Off the Patio at Ruth's Chris, and My House): This was the thinnest of several Gruaud Larose tasted tonight, with ample tannins remaining, and a bit of heat. The underlying Gruaud Larose profile was clear, though, with sweet tobacco and peppers over fading dark fruits. Overall quite good. (2100 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 6/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Fabulous Nose, as you would expect from a mature GL (A). Excellent palate, although a little bit tired (B+/B++). (2397 views)
 Tasted by ASD on 4/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Double Magnum, 35th birthday of a friend (a wine lover). Great Bordeaux from a very difficult year. The top years are passed, but still in good years for consumption. A mature wine with nice earthy caracters and still some fruits (berrys) (2506 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 1/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Served double blind to the tasting group alongside Groth 1990 Cabernet Reserve from Napa. Mature black cherry aromas and flavors with modest spice. Very good balance, textures. Easy for most tasters to identify as Bordeaux, but most thought from a younger, better vintage. (2908 views)
 Tasted by NineteenEightyTwo on 11/15/2013 & rated 92 points: From double magnum. Nose entirely dominated by a woodsy funk at first. Decanted and allowed to breathe, this opened up very quickly. Textbook "dirty" and "dark" mature Bordeaux aromas: cedar, leather, tobacco, sous bois, grandma's cupboard, barnyard, etc. The fruit was a little tired, but not terribly so. The finish showed a surprising and pleasant little tingle of tannin. After having had a noticably over-the-hill 1978 a few years ago, I feared this might suffer from being similarly superannuated. While this is very slightly over its peak, it still drinks respectably well, perhaps due to the salutary effects of the bottle size. Consume soon- tonight, if possible. (1934 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 10/1/2013 & rated 90 points: Fill level was well into the neck. Popped and poured, then consumed over two nights. Tobacco aromas with modest black fruit and earth hints. Good balance of flavors between black cherry and earthy character, lots of charm, even if just modest intensity. Surprisingly this was basically the same on the 2nd night, perhaps just a little shorter. (2499 views)
 Tasted by TheRikker on 9/13/2013 & rated 87 points: Way past prime but held up surprisingly well. Classic aged Bordeaux but 10 years past its window. (1685 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 6/13/2013 & rated 90 points: 1979 Bordeaux horisontal (Oslo): Klar, mørk rød med innslag av oransje. Svært dyp og mørk nese med et floralt preg, lær og innsmigrende bærsødme. Meget bløt frukt her også med slank kropp og frisk syre. Fin lengde. (2310 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 1/21/2012 & rated 89 points: Sampled 1/20/12. The fill was top shoulder. The cork was in quite good shape and a solid one piece. The color, however, was very rusty and the nose indicated it was well past peak. But the wine surprised me on the palate. Still some good black fruits and cassis, leather notes and sweet Oak. Of course, this wine was better 10 years ago, but I've been very impressed by the longevity of Gruaud Larose and I wanted to see how this Chateau fares in a less than stellar year. I was not disapppointed. (3570 views)
 Tasted by Flavito on 12/23/2011 & rated 93 points: Just beautiful, classic. Brings back fond memories... (3419 views)
 Tasted by tendring on 11/28/2011 & rated 90 points: Wine Education Service - Fine Old Bordeaux (LSE): Very dense, a ruddy dark brown.
Vegetal nose (peas) with some fruit.
Fruit with vegetal notes, balanced, some tannin, a stunning drink, excellent length. (765 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 6/24/2011: Gruaud Larose at The Ledbury (The Ledbury, London): Savoury nose, worcester sauce and tomato, lean, firm palate, drinkable but not quite right. NR (4024 views)
 Tasted by joost on 11/14/2010 & rated 92 points: we drank this wine with a saddle of deer from scotland. It was stored perfectly and it was a DM... which really helps. Very much classic claret, only 12% in alcohol and therefore still having that nice red fruit going on. Even after all those years only the rim was orange brown but the middle was still bright red... all in all a great wine, not better then the 1978 but still a great drink with food. For lovers of classic claret... (3984 views)
 Tasted by dbp on 6/11/2010 & rated 88 points: Drank with dinner and no formal notes taken. This was perfectly intact from a pristine bottle. Unfortunately, it was tasting over the hill. On initial open it was showing some fruit, cracked pepper, and mushrooms on the nose. Very light fruit was present on the palate, with some asparagus and the mushroom, with a really grippy, gritty texture. The finished lingered on, but it wasn't evolving at all, primarily showing some earthy mushroom components and the tannins. After this was in the glass for only 10 minutes it lost all of the fruit throughout, primarily leaving some textural elements but not really a tasty wine. A bit of a let down compared to some other recent '79s, and the scores here (which are mainly from quite a bit ago). Perhaps I'll try another, but I do suspect this is very much on the downward slope. (3827 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 8/2/2009: Resolved tannins, more red fruit than black, fairly high acidity, more elegant than the typical Gruaud brawn. With time some mushroom and tobacco over the red cherry fruit. Pretty nice wine, though maybe lacking the verve and long finish of my favorite '79s. But the acidity and red fruits seem to me typical of the vintage, and this is good if not great.. B+/B (3478 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 12/20/2008 & rated 90 points: shared with keith, jeean, pat and ellen at our traditional winter holiday season dinner. this was our first time together at Tuscan Sun in Tottenville. john, the proprietor/host was very accomodating. he had received the bottle a few days earlier and kept it standing up for us. opened this wine with the main course. this bottle was full fill. the cork, which is the longest i have ever seen, extracted intact. the wine appears to be at its apogee. it comes forth immediately with delicate bouquet of floral scents. smooth mouth feel. tannins fully resolved. it was a little too delicate to stand up to the barbecue style sauce on my roast pork. it was a much better match to pat's veal in a delicate butter sauce. the wine continued to show well throughout the meal. keith commented on the similarities between this and his '82 lafon-rochet even though they are from different communes. overall, the wine was most enjoyable. the quality it showed tonight far exceeds the expectations of the iniital professional reviews. (3669 views)
 Tasted by wineamateur on 1/5/2008: Pale red/garnet with pronounced oranging towards the rim. Clean, fresh aromas on the nose with an ethereal sweetness. Damson and blueberry fruit, with mint and pine mixed in. Cranberry/lead pencils adding backbone. Hint of furniture polish. Flavoursome and with good weight in the mouth, but some rather green tobacco notes and in the back of the mouth a slightly bitter taste that I haven't experienced in previous bottles of this wine. (4100 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 5/1/2005 & rated 93 points: Red/garnet. Nice rich and complex. 5/05 (4284 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/1/2001 & rated 94 points: Smoky and oak in the beautiful and complex bouquet. The tannin are mature and still sticky. Still very juicy as well. A textbook great Bordeaux wine. (4366 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/27/1999 & rated 96 points: Deep red with a slightly brown edge. Complex bouquet; barnyard, oak, a bit dusty. Full bodied, soft, perfect juice and wood. Long juicy aftertaste. This wine is wonderful now and at its peak. (4680 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/13/1997 & rated 92 points: See other notes. Still fruity and still tannin with enough power for a few more years. (3233 views)
 Tasted by peteng on 4/12/1996: --- (2078 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/26/1994 & rated 94 points: Really dark red. Expressive complex bouquet. Textbook Bordeaux. Full bodied rich and juicy. Good bitterness in the long aftertaste. Great wine! (4358 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, July 2003
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This, the oldest wine in the tasting, does not have the most elderly appearance. It is obviously mature, but has good density. It has a slightly exotic, mature, spicy nose, which offers some gamey, meaty aromas. On entry it seems somewhat hollow at first, but it opens out on the midpalate to reveal elegant, mature, gamey fruit. It has a lovely fluidity and balance, with correct acidity. Surprisingly it still has a goodly amount of tannin, and I think the wine will be dead before these ever fully integrate. Nevertheless a good, mature wine, although for drinking soon I feel, preferably with food.  16.5 points
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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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