Gruaud Larose at The Ledbury

The Ledbury, London
Tasted Friday, June 24, 2011 by Paul D with 477 views

Flight 1 (4 Notes)

Flight 2 (4 Notes)

  • 1990 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Rich, open nose with trademark 90 baked red fruit. Sweet, rich and softly tannic, long and sweet finish but with only moderate acidity. ***1/2

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  • 1989 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Closed. Ripe, spicy fruit, quite generous and rich but not yielding much. Firm tannins showing on the finish. **

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  • 1988 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Lovely, earthy, spicy black fruited nose, hints of cedar and leather. Medium bodied, fresh and appetising claret with lovely acidity and attractive developed, spicy flavours. Not particularly deep or long, but very appetising. ****

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  • 1986 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Extraordinarily youthful almost ruby appearance with minimal bricking. Nose is youthful too with blackcurrant fruit, classic leafy and tobacco notes. Sleek, medium bodied middleweight wine on the palate, with core of juicy black fruit, slightly firm but fine tannins and a long, fresh finish. Very good indeed. ****

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Flight 3 (3 Notes)

  • 2001 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Youthful appearance, lovely slightly developed claret nose with ripe blackcurrant fruit, notes of vanilla and pebbly minerals. Lovely fresh, vibrant palate with soft tannins, good depth and a good length, fresh, minerally finish. Lovely wine, drinking really well. ****1/2

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  • 2000 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Rich, sweet black fruited nose, notable vanilla oak and a slight lactic edge, a hint of mineral. Full bodied on the palate with rich, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, very intense and generous fruit, layered, soft tannins, good acidity too and a very long finish. This seems to have everything and whilst the tannins are certainly approachable it needs a few more years for the oak to fully integrate. Great potential though. ***(**).

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  • 1999 Château Gruaud Larose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Noticeably less intense nose than the previous two wines, if more mature with some earth and tobacco notes. Attractively flavoured on the palate is somewhat dilute and a touch firm on the medium length finish. Good "lunchtime claret", but nothing more. **

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Flight 4 (1 Note)

  • 2006 Château Climens

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac

    From memory - a lovely, youthful Barsac, floral, citrus, a touch of tropical fruit but not overly rich and lifted by lovely fresh acidity carrying a long finish.

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