Gruaud Larose vertical 1870-2000

IOD, London
Tasted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Rupert with 620 views

Introduction

One of Linden Wilkie's Fine Wine Experience events. All the wines, apart perhaps from the 1990, showed a distinct character - medicinal fruit, cedariness, high acidity and marked tannin - real old fashioned claret. Little sign of oxidation in the older wines. Overall, a very impressive line up.

Flight 1 (10 Notes)

  • 2000 Château Gruaud Larose 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Purple black, punchy spicy blackcurrant nose, almost new world in its intensity sharp, savoury, very tannic, long, a bit harsh, but impressive (the characteristic of 2000s seems to be this sweet, almost confected, concentrated blackcurrant quality - shared by LMHB and Latour in particular)

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  • 1990 Château Gruaud Larose 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Browning, sauternes like nose, not distinct, stalky, severe and green on the palate. This changed a lot over the evening, developing an odd mothball like quality, and, having been struck at first by the greenness, I ended up seeing what Linden meant when he said it was over-ripe

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  • 1986 Château Gruaud Larose 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Darker, much younger looking than the 1990, a penetrating medicinal nose, tannic, but lovely long cedary claret - super

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  • 1985 Château Gruaud Larose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Much lighter bodied than the 1986, this too had a medicinal nose, but much more advanced than the '86, after which it seemed a bit small in comparison, but again this was a lovely classic cedary claret which still had a tannic grip.

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  • 1982 Château Gruaud Larose 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Really dark, medicinal, tea leaves, fattest so far on the palate, again a lot of grip, waves of cedary fruit and a finish that went on and on. Very fine

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  • 1961 Château Gruaud Larose 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Browning, but somehow still very lively looking, a penetrating mouthwatering sweet glyceriney nose, cold tea, still tannic, but lovely balance with the sweet fruit - a stunning classic claret.

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  • 1953 Château Gruaud Larose 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Not chateau bottled - a Nicolas bottling. Light and browning. At first both my neighbour and I thought this was corked, but the taint blew off after a few minutes, leaving a mellow sweet mature claret, but fresh, yet again still with tannin present.

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  • 1945 Château Gruaud Larose 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Some hint of brown, but in the centre deep ruby red, very rich nose, reminded me of a pizza, concentrated, still hugely tannic

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  • 1928 Château Gruaud Larose 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    This too was dark, fruit cake nose, quite full bodied, sweet cedar and marzipan, some grip, lovely mellow claret, goes on and on. Complete

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  • 1870 Château Gruaud Larose 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Pale, brown, some sweatiness on the nose, but not excessively so, tea-like, sweet, mellow alive and really rather nice.

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