1996 Château Gruaud Larose

Community Tasting Note


90 Points

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - The bottle’s filling level was perfect, half of the long cork was soaked. A lot of barnyard funk in the bottle: The wine offered a stinky barnyard nose, with violets, blackberry, beetroot and saddle leather. On the palate the wine showed barnyard funk, earth, saddle leather, tobacco, blackberry, plum, some black currant and beetroot. The light- to medium-bodied wine was very round and balanced, with good acidity and fine, round tannins. It was ready to drink right after popping the cork, but further improved after 1 1/2 hours in the decanter. A nice effort, though I clearly preferred the Château Talbot 2000. Based on my personal preferences the wine has peaked and I would recommend drinking it now after decanting for two hours, but the wine should also hold-up well for another five to eight years.

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