One of my favorite wines since the 1982. This one had the same flavor profile which I love. Not as elegant as the 82 but maybe because of age. A lovely wine. I have yet to have a Gruaud Larose that I didn't like. This is not a fabulous vintage but it was still lovely-- after a 2 1/2 hour decant. Didn't taste it periodically so might have opened up earlier.
Drank alongside a 1999 Haut-Brion over two days; of the two this was the more rustic and most Bordeaux like. It featured a blackcurrant, earthy, and gravel driven bouquet and taste profile. Of substantive weight and structure, medium minus to medium tannin, with a rounded and full mid palate. Substantive back, seductive and texturally appealing finish of very good length. Both wines were impressive in different ways, but this second wine cost a fraction of the Haut-Brion.
Drank this with some younger CA cabs and was struck by the style difference. Notes of leather, licorice, tobacco in the nose, good round fruit, cherry cassis tobacco in the body with a nice finish. Still decent tannins. Worked great with our beef burgundy. I have had consistent good luck with this estate
In full stride. Two hour decant. Tannins are resolved. The finish is magical; a one-minute pencil box reverb. Plenty of saddle leather and sous bois. Ready to drink but should keep in this position for several years to come.
Much better than last tried over a year ago. Delicious and better than expected for the vintage. Cherry red and a beautiful cherry nose. Cherry, ash and earth on a smooth and balanced palate. No tannin and ready to drink.
How can you not like Gruaud Larose? This is not their best effort, but still is very enjoyable with barnyard, earth, tampenade. Had this on a saturday afternoon with black olive tampenade, black olives, assortment of salami, and assorted blue cheeses. Ahhh!!!
Mittlere bis starke Struktur. Typischer St. Julien Gewürzmischung mit feinen Noten nach Cabernet. Sogar in diesem schwierigen Jahr sehr, sehr gut gelungen! Keine Anzeichen von Brett. Der Wein macht richtig Spass. Wenn man ihn preiswert bekommt, zugreifen! 92/100
A great example of Gruaud, quite full bodied with the trademark spicy blackcurrant, dark plum and black cherry flavours. Not a trace of brett. Very long and enjoyable finish, a wine that should hold for at least another decade. Remarkable wine in the context of the vintage and excellent value.
I always take great joy when I can begin a tasting note by saying that it is "hard not to like this one." This is the case with this bottle (which was purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion). Deep-to-opaque red/garnet in color, this iteration of Gruaud Larose shows an intense nose of black currants, pipe tobacco, spice and earth. The wine is medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium supple tannins and seamless alcohol (which is listed as 12.5%). The aromas lead to similar flavors, with a solid middle and medium-length, supple finish which adds a floral component. Now likely on plateau, this is a wine which should provide steady pleasure for another decade (or more). Drink now-12/22.
An interesting range of scores and descriptors here. The first of 9 bottles bought on release, mostly at BevMo. Upon opening, huge meaty, gamey and deep tobacco notes soar from the bottle, filling the dining room with Bordeaux essence. There is a reason why I've always liked this wine. I must say it's in need of ten more years, which really isn't a shocker. It opened fairly full in the mouth, it closed up to a tart tannic wine within 45 minutes, then began to flesh out again as we finished the bottle. Red currants and chalky tannins are stand outs right now, there is plenty of earth and saddle leather. It doesn't have the full fruit of a greater vintage, but I think it's got a nice future for anyone with a bit more patience.
Some pleasant barnyard and luxurious oak with cigar box and tobacco in the bouquet. On the palate dark fruits and a bit drying sticky tannin. Good acidity. Long finish. This wine needs another few years to become fully mature. Around 2014 - 2015 probably.
Mostly French at Tilia's: This was shockingly good. Awesome nose with dark fruit, smoke and tobacco aromas and I would say more or less fully open. Equally good on the palate with good structure and just enough fruit to balance things out. Still pretty tannic, but not enough to obscure the excellent finish.
Initially quite farmyardy (no brett, completely clean) but this lifts to reveal classic Saint-Julien aromas of excellent intensity and depth, rich sweet fruit, cedar, gravel, hint of earth, spicy oak; on the palate still quite tight and tannic but the balance is impeccable; slightly medicinal finish, good length. A very impressive 1999, lives up to its reputation. Drink 2014 - 2024.
Mature cherry red in color wih some lightening on the rim. Decent nose of Blackberry, earth and oak. Not a lot of fruit on the palate. Mainly sour cherry with earth and minerality. A decent wine that seemed to taste more sour as the evening progressed Still some tannin to resolve, but not intrusive.
Decanted with virtually no sediment (?). Mature color, somewhat bricked -- this gift was stored at room temperature for the past five years. Promising nose two inches above the rim of dark berries, linden tree blossoms, pecans, and leather. Mature flavor follows nose along with a long finish that transitions from pencil lead, to (still) firm tannins, to a mouthwatering finale. All in excellent balance.
This is singing right now: lovely balance, tannins have mellowed, plenty of fruit and secondary earthy characteristics on the nose. Just on the turning point, starting to orange at the rims but by no means past it. Good finish, much more rounded structure now. Tannins still present but not overly bitter and certainly not rummy and over-ripe, just a pleasing backdrop to an accessible and well structured palate. Excellent.
Beautiful and classical Bordeaux bouquet with cassis, beautiful oak, cedar and tobacco. Same on the palate. The tannin has softened and the wine seems to have entered maturity stage. The tannin still has a bite and is a bit drying in the finish. This wine will offer beautiful drinking from now until at least the next 5 years and might even improve a bit.
Bordeaux och jag kommer oftast överens, i det här fallet stämmde det inte. Mörkt , mörkt röd, otroligt fruktmättad, lite söt doft. En hel del av mogen doft i form av läder och höstskog. Smaken är allt för kompakt , lite som frystorkad frukt. Ganska svag i mellansegmentet och lite kort eftersmak. Det som stör mig mest är nog den frystorkade smaken.
I have not opened a bottle of Bordeaux for some time. The experience is like having lunch with an old girlfriend, and remembering what it was you liked about her, while realising that you have moved on and the flame is no longer there. This is a very agreeable Bordeaux, but in no way outstanding. Much more agreeable when drinking the rest of the bottle on Day 2, when I find myself warming to it. Everything is correct, and it tastes of all the things I remember from young-ish Bordeaux, the sweet cigar-box and dark berries, the mouth-coating texture, and the satisfying tannic finish. If it was a little leaner, slightly less sweet, and with some more acidity, maybe I could learn to love it again. vg
Drank over two days. Elegant, medium bodied bordeaux. High acidity on the finish. Lacking fruit for my taste. Liked it, but didn't love it at this stage. Better the second day after it had opened up more.
Gruaud Larose at The Ledbury (The Ledbury, London): 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. **
nose - sakiz/tree sap, earth, cinnamon mouth - mature wine which has developed 2ndary flavors. dark cherry and fruit punch. smooth mouthfeel yet still considerably tannic. Previous bottle i had 2 years ago was better - either the wine is in slow decline, or bottle variation is at play. Drink up.
Funky(slightly off?) nose of earth, tobacco, and cedar. Mature fruit palate, low acidity, and fine drying tannins on the back end. Shows plenty of spice, dried red fruits, and leather. Rather short simple finish. Interesting, but nothing special.
was able to pick up for $39 a bottle and at this price point is an exceptional value. Leather, tobacco nose. Wine a bit harsh at first tasting, but mellowed significantly after 20 minutes in the glass. Great cellar defender.
Pop and pour in a Zurich restaurant. I absolutely ADORE the nose on this. Real blackberry, mulchy honest-to-goodness terroir. Incredibly generous and in a totally differnt league to the 2006 Pesquera Crianza served previously. This actually had people in awe! Palate doesn't quite follow through however with a slightly green tingle, and perhaps a little lacking in complexity and quality of fruit. Having said that, that nose keeps attacking you right the way through and it really is glorious. Overall I have to say I love it. Ready now, and although it is very "classical" in tone this is still a very fine wine. If I had to score the nose alone it's a 95!
Off year for Bordeaux. BUT, when you do wine right, you do wine right. This was superb. Dark stewed plums and cassis on nose, but more secondary to the leather and earth it exuded. Slight spice of cigar box, but the fruit really showed on the mid palette. It is primed and ready to drink. Popped and poured and enjoyed over about an hour with friends. Great Value!
Popped this with a mushroom chicken stew I made for dinner, probably should have decanted although there was little sediment. Alas, the taste didn't match the nose. Cedar, leather, cassis, sweet violets and boysenberry aromas--all very nice. Tannic, good acidity but otherwise flat with clipped finish. Medium weight. Wine was red with pinkish rim. There was a small bit of wine sitting atop the cork when the foil capsule was removed indicating improper storage conditions. I agree it's not the best choice for chicken but hoping the mushrooms would complement some of the earthiness of the wine. A real stretch at $60.
Decanted for an hour. Purple core with tawny rim. The nose is beautiful. Mature with wonderful sweet leather and tobacco backed up by dark fruits - blackberries, blackcurrants, black cherries....Cedar...Wonderfully round....a very high scoring nose!! Palate is very well balanced. Medium acidity balancing the spicy oak and black fruit and medium tannin. Medium+ length. Very good/outstanding quality high priced wine. Ready to drink but will improve for a few years.
Popped, decanted, and poured 20 minutes later. Initially unpleasant barnyard smell, a mixture of manure and dried-up urinal. Taste: very thin, cedary and barely drinkable. 1 hour later: decent unpretentious cedary Bordeaux with a little fruit. Bad choice with chicken, would have been better with lamb or steak, some fat to set off the astingency. You win some, you lose some. 88P for the final impression, factoring in an unfair charitable old-world bonus. Bad value for 37 Euros retail.
What a pretty wine. Needs 1-2 hours in a decanter, as the 2nd glass was more properly developed. Quite classic and enveloping with St Julien aromas of lead pencil, dark fruit and leather. Medium-full, and long. Tannins smoothed out and integrated on that 2nd hour. Great show. 82 96 and now 99. This house knows how to do it in big and small years.
Slight bricking on the edges, otherwise crimson coloring. Nose of mocha, smoke, spices and cedar box. Palate with mostly resolved tannin, but remaining tannin is coarse. Palate with red fruits (cassis and cherry) tobacco and oak. Lengthy finish, lacking somewhat in complexity with mostly earth, mocha, and oak/cedar notes. Maturing with obvious strong oak influence, but I'm not sure this will hold for long period of time. This is accessible and drinking reasonably well, just not a very complex Bordeaux.
Small berries initially, nice retro that hints at currant, bitter chocalate and tobacco with mineral flavors. Medium fhinish. Nicely balance with a good acidity and tannins completly blended in. Discreet, elegant. Good drinker and works well at the table. Probably at his peak now but should last for a while.
Notes from memory. nose - one sniff and you know this is going to be something special. Nose of mature Bordeaux. In the mouth extremely well balanced, with fruit, tannin, and acidity all intermixed. Very smooth and imminently drinkable. Absolutely delicious --- Had this bottle 3 nights ago and have thought about how lovely it was on several occasions since then - isnt that the sign of a great wine? Also had it in the midst of great company, which may have influenced me, though I deliberately decided against scoring it 95 (my all time high marks to date) on the worry that my senses could have been mildly compromised. I wont change my original score, but in retrospect a higher score (95 or 96) would not be unreasonable. One of the best bottles I have had to date.
Our first bottle of the '99 vintage. Dark ruby in colour. A nose of barnyard, earth, leather, dark fruits and smoke. The funky barnyard tone blew off with time. Structured with firm tannin. Not elegant, but certainly enjoyable.
Deep, pure garnet color. A terrifically funky nose of raw meat, wet leaves, dark tobacco, pepper, cassis & blackberry. Palate shows both black and red fruit character, along with raw meat, tobacco leaf, earthiness & mineral. Tannins and acidity are balanced and have integrated well, but this wine can easily age for another 10 years. It just begs for steak, spinach and potatoes, but went perfectly well with chinese take-out :)
A bouquet of animal scents just shy of being unattractive and meat just shy of being spoiled. Also of earth. It took some getting used to. Very dark purple. A St.-Julien in taste though, well integrated, average tannins and a medium-length finish.
Double decanted for about 2 hours. Deep plum fruit, espresso, leather and asphalt on the nose. Dense and ungiving core. Still very pronounced tannins on the finish and lacked the elegance of the 01 or 98. Maybe time will bring it around, but I'm not sure.
Excellent "Bordeaux" aroma of cedar immediately after opening and persisting over 2 hours. Slightly thin taste, aftertaste a bit too sweet. Disjointed and therefore confusing. Not a really satisfying taste as the component parts, although OK of themselves left me wanting something more complete. Nose pointed to Pauillac. Initial taste to Rioja. Aftertaste to Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon. Go figure. 86P as a drink. The individual component parts of the taste perhaps 88P, for that killer nose: 90P
18c; >two hour decant; dark ruby-red; compelling nose of barnyard, wet earth, leather, coffee, red and black fruit; big grip, with aggressive, dusty tannins giving a long finish; touches of fat, minerals, black-cherry, pepper; initial complexity seemed to fade just a little after a few hours (the leftover bit the next day was also nice); 18.
Though young, this is aromatically open and has some nice dark fruit, cassis, strong earthyness and perhaps the slightest hint of funk - brings more to my mind Pauillac than St. Julien (but the differences are small, I admit). Full bodied, fruity, still strong but ripe tannins. Long and refreshing aftertaste. I enjoyed it, but ideally should have been cellared longer.
Initially a little tight-nosed but opened up beautifully after 1-2 hours of decanting, with a well balanced bouquet of blackcurrants, cherries, charred wood and rich earth. Tannic palate followed through with red fruits, to a medium length, wonderfully smooth finish; however bitter, youthful tannins stil winning (just). Things mellowed slowly as the wine decanted, and I'm sure the tannins will integrate in time. Lovely drinking now, but will improve.
I had a chance to revisit this wine. It was opened and sat in the bottle for some 6 hours prior to drinking. Still tannic and could stand several years of cellaring but is drinking very well already. Charcoal, leather and dark fruits on the nose and dark fruit and ripe cherries on the palate.
I think the wine is designed for early consumption, medium body, moderate fragrant nose came out, a touch of cherry, red currants, in a balancing mode, you can either drink it alone or matching it with some stewed dishes!
Full saturated red color. Medium aroma of black fruit with mocha hints. Rich black fruit on the palate with good acidity and spicy briar notes. Probably entering the front end of a good drinking window. Nice. 91-92 pts.
Lovely ruby color. Even after 3 hours of decanting the nose was subdued and needed another hour or two to open to be appreciated. Even then it is more humming than singing, although like the humming chorus in an opera I can't quite place (Mme Butterfly?). What it hums is dark fruit, leather and charcoal. The palate shows the serious structure of this wine and this wine is overwhelmed by tannins until 4 to 5 hours in the decanter. Then the tanins start to integrate and the beauty of the palate begins to shine. Again dark berries are found here as well as ripe red cherries. The promise of this wine is solid, but I would wait 5 more years to give it a chance to be really fulfilled. My scoring is based on my predictions of evolution and may turn out to be a little high if the promise I noted is not completely fulfilled. 50+5+12+15+8=90