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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 134 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Gruaud Larose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)087000309852

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2002 and 2020 (based on 61 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gruaud Larose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 191 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Primordialsoup on 5/17/2015 & rated 94 points: What a pretty wine. So refined. Bravado and baby fat long gone. Great from entry to finish. Just rolls right along across the palate. Great finish. A mature pleasure. Drinking so well right now it's hard to imagine improvement, but certainly showing no signs of wear. (824 views)
 Tasted by steinersing on 4/24/2015 & rated 93 points: I like this a bit better now than earlier bottles. The very slightly smokey/roasted hints I didn't like that much are now less visible and the wine feels well integrated and elegant. (882 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 4/2/2015 & rated 92 points: 1990 Bordeaux tasting in 2015 - round #1 (The Traklin - new location): double decanting for sediments removal 2 hours prior to drinking
light red colour with brownish rim
delicate tertiary aromas of leather & fungi
medium bodied, lean, soft integrated tannins, good acidity level, nice harmony, light oak-vanilla, spicy hints, enjoyable more on the nose (1260 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 2/28/2015 & rated 93 points: This bottle seemed more subdued and reserved than others I've had in the past. A couple hours of decanting did not change it. Black and blue fruits with a gentle layer of tobacco, leather and dried herbs underneath. Nearly silky smooth. No sediment to speak of. (1513 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 2/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Induction and Elevation Dinner Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (The Drake Hotel Chicago, IL): Radiant color, good fragrant nose, finish was a bit thin, a real treat. (1739 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 1/31/2015 & rated 90 points: Château Gruaud-Larose 1928 - 2011: Slightly herbal, disjointed; some sweetness but also clearly tannic. Not the best of bottles. (1487 views)
 Tasted by CT Santa on 1/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Just beautiful. Second wine of the night, this was singing. After 30min of air it was at its peak, slight herbal note, succulent acidity and notes of violets and dark cherry. Just wonderful. (1492 views)
 Tasted by godx on 12/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Blind December Lunch (Lupo): Tasted blind. At first sniff this seemed to be either a riper Bdx or a classic Cali cab from a traditional producer. Sweeter cab fruit with hints of bell pepper. Nice structure with sweeter fruit and balancing acidity on the palate. This bottle seemed a bit riper/sweeter and slightly less fresh/youthful than a bottle several months ago. Drink or hold. Excellent. (1223 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 12/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Super ripe nose with leather, tertiary, ... aero tannins, very evolved, orange peel, very silky and smooth! (1795 views)
 Tasted by CyroW on 12/6/2014 & rated 95 points: amazing for its age, it can compete with many top names in that vintage.
within a tasting of 15 years+ clarets, this was the top of list easily. lovely complexity of fruits and fine well balanced tannins, this wine has reached its peak, probably can last at that level for another 5 years, I will open these bottles at slow pace! (1170 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 10/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Expensive Winos for dinner (Frederiksberg): In a tough spot next to the Cos and the Margaux of the same year - and this came out last - by far. Seems fully mature, with a dry, dusty, elegant exterior, backed up nice by a small core of fruit. I would not hold on to this for too long. (690 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 9/12/2014 & rated 92 points: A lesson in Sauternes by Jürg Richter (Restaurant Farnsburg, Switzerland): Floral with an intense toast note from the oak, licorice, red bell peppers, very young with still a heap of tannin and acidity, very long! (2645 views)
 Tasted by BPidgeon on 9/7/2014 & rated 96 points: Classic Bordeaux. Garnet color, meaty, sublime. (2478 views)
 Tasted by godx on 8/8/2014: Dinner with the Boys (Bistro Pastis): Tasted blind. Brief notes. A lovely and classic left bank Bordeaux nose with cedar, red fruits and hints of funk. Quite youthful on the palate with ripe fruit and excellent structure and freshness to match. Seems like this is from a richer vintage. This is just entering it's early drinking window and should continue to develop for a decade or more. Gruaud Larose rarely seems to disappoint. (2969 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 8/3/2014 & rated 93 points: A good, but not a great GL/bottle. Untypical GL-nose, but typical 1990-palate: full of sweet (red) fruits, seductive and charming. Finish is lacking length. Decanted 3 hrs and drank from bottle during the next 2 hours, it was best after 1 hour, loosing weight during the last hour.
1st of 2, I will drink next bottle around 2020. In perfect drinking window now, won´t make old bones (like GL from the 60s/70s/80s), but can win a bit during the next years. (2660 views)
 Tasted by Duncan on 8/2/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark berries and old wood. Very mature and very good. 12.5%, cork. (2208 views)
 Tasted by Connaître on 6/30/2014 & rated 95 points: I just came back from a beautiful evening with friends and a bottle of 1990 Château Gruaud Larose. Words cannot convey the freshness and vibrancy of the profound bouquet and ethereal effortlessness of the palate. “Otherworldly” comes close, and so does “perfection”. But what constitutes a perfect wine? We could agree upon four elements:

1. Richness: When you are tasting a wine, you want to experience as many different things as possible. And yes, some wines simply have more to say than others. A perfect wine is the opposite of one-dimensional. It is a 25 meters long 5 Star Hotel Buffet.

2. Voltage/Intensity: Even if the wine offers a variety of impressions, it stays uninteresting as long as these impressions do not go into detail. I personally love visiting churches. Not because I am religious, I am rather the opposite, but because the architecture is fascinating me. If I am visiting a new city, I do not only want to see the churches from outside, but also from inside. The very same thing counts for wine.

3. Length: So far we have said that we want to experience as many things and as detailed as possible. However, if this just happens for a very short moment, the wine will still not blow your mind. A perfect wine is not a falling star, which you may see for this very short moment and which then makes you happy. No, what you want to have is a ten minutes long winegasm.

4. Balance: Imagine an orchestra. Everyone has the same notes in front of him or her. And now everyone starts playing as loud as they can. Okay, I think you know what I mean? Even if it craps your attention for a moment, it will not take long time until you leave the room. The same counts for wine. If the drums are the tannins, the violin the acidity, and the clarinet the fruit, you don’t want to let them do what they want. We need a director. Whether it is the oak, the vintage or the age, which is the director of our wine orchestra, it is him, who set the agenda, regulates the volume, and guides the interplay. So balance is the fourth element of what constitutes a perfect wine.

As this list is surely not completed, please feel free to share your ideas and thoughts or to discuss what constitutes a perfect wine.

Coming back to our bottle: Made in the image of god, this wine is pure perfection. (1849 views)
 Tasted by pepmi on 5/23/2014 & rated 94 points: Oh boy... this is a magnificent wine. No signs of the drinking window eclipsing. A wine that you could drink all night or for a lifetime if you were stranded on an island with an endless supply. (2017 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 5/16/2014 flawed bottle: Ännu en flaska av detta vin som har början till oxidering som gör att det inte går att sätta något relevant betyg (1850 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 5/12/2014: This was really impressive for about an hour, with that tarry, black-fruited pitch that Gruaud often offers combined with a savory gaminess and a nice sense of transparency and dimension - most of the baby fat seemed to have fallen off so it's just delicious mature claret with no hard edges and a polished, glossy veneer. Unfortunately about halfway through the bottle it started picking up a stewed/pruny/maderized element which at first was just a nit but eventually consigned the rest of the bottle to the sink. Storage seemed fine on the basis of the first round of pours (and a pristine cork) so I'm not sure what's going on here. (7152 views)
 Tasted by salil on 4/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Liked this much more than I did when I last had it. This is drinking really well right now with ripe red and dark fruit, leathery funk, earth, and other savoury cedary and tobacco elements all coming together seamlessly. It doesn't have the power and intensity of some of my favorite Gruauds from this era, but it's still really good to drink with the tannins mostly resolved and great balance. (1940 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 4/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Ripe, open, delicious - exactly what you expect from a high quality 1990 Bordeaux. I guessed this was a 1982 Right Bank. (1662 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 4/28/2014 & rated 93 points: mature Bordeaux wine evening (The Traklin Wine-Bistro): dark colour with brownish rim
dark fruits, wonderful tertiary aromas with notes of spice, cured meat, leather, olive, tobacco, cassis, oak-vanila, fur, smoky hints
full bodied, firm tannins, elegant, notes of smoked berries and tobacco, herbal tea, raspberry, mint, and blackberry
persistent and long finish with tobacco, sweet blackberry and olive tapenade. (905 views)
 Tasted by avp on 3/7/2014: Fig to blackcurrant nose bordering on raisiny ripeness. Coffee, chocolate, violets, pencil shavings and mushrooms after a while.
Full bodied and velvety palate with meaty weight and a nice cooling touch cutting through the ripe fruit. Graphite, iron, chocolate, freshly baked liquorice, florals and dark tobacco. Long.
Fine structure keeping the ripe fruit interesting. Fine open aromatics. Drink now. (2489 views)
 Tasted by meqoubal36 on 12/31/2013 & rated 93 points: Quel vin odoriférant, gras et corsé, un régal. Couleur de rose profonde, goût de rose, de violette, de fruit noirs et rouge, bonne mâche, longue présence soyeuse en bouche. encore très jeune, peut-être un peu trop pour moi. Je serais heureux d'en boire une autre dans dix ans pour voir... (2709 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, February 2013
(Chateau Gruaud Larose Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103
(Chateau Gruaud Larose Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/28/2002)
(Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Killers (2/5/2010)
(Gruaud Larose) The first wine had a clean nose with hints of green olive and bean, gamy in that direction. Its fruit was meaty, and its aromas were rich and hearty with nice spice. Cedar and minerals emerged from underneath, as did traces of leather. It was very open compared to the second wine, and while its fruit had some richness, its body was lighter in style. The wine with which it was served knocked it back a bit. Peter of the AlcoholiHKs nailed the wine – it was the 1990 Gruaud Larose (93).  93 points
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Château Gruaud Larose

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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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