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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Boston CT Offline (Concord, MA): Nose: Holy Smokes!! Olive, Green Tobacco, Creme de Cassis, Vanillin, Fur and smoke notes. Palate: Elegant at times yet retained some of the rough Gruaud notes of smoked berries and tobacco. Herbal Tea, Raspberry, Mint, and Blackberry. Finish: Persistant and long with more tobacco, sweet blackberry and olive tapenade.
aromatics better than palate. It was decanted an hour before and at service had lovely cedar and camphor aromatics. The palate seemed thin and acidic on its own but was really spectacular with the perfectly grilled ribeye.
Some wines are better on the nose, while others are better on palate. Clearly this was better in the nose with its tobacco, cedar, earth, cassis, cigar box and blackberry scented perfume. On the palate, the wine was soft and refined, as well as surprisingly developed. I try to finish all my remaining bottles over the next 3-5 years, before more of the fruit begins to drop.
Old Bordeaux at La Fonda del Sol (NYC): Came across a little overripe for my tastes with a roasted quality to the rich red fruit here, and a funky black tea-like aspect to the nose. There's decent acidity here, but it doesn't have the depth or finesse I normally expect from older Gruaud.
Gruaud Larose Dinner (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): A controversial wine at the table tonight, one i liked much more than almost everybody else. no question this was just a baby, and quite ripe and fat. In fact, we could probably have been fooled into thinking it was from California because of the lush and ripe character. However, there is some exciting energy and structure that comes through in middle and finish, not very overt but helping provide depth and length. Better 2020-2040.
First strong violet-based, with light earthy background almost mushroom. Great acidity, and freshness, it is amazing with duck confit, panned mushrooms, quails, food with some fatty side and strong flavours, this wine can complete these very well . Later the aromatics become more vegetal, with hints of strawberry or even melon! Really nice, one of the top Gruaud vintages! (maybe a 93, but I have a weak spot for this wine)
When a 93 is the worst bottle you've had of a wine, you can generally count yourself lucky. The wine took only about 30 minutes to fully open. A little classic bordeaux funk on the nose, but with more mushrooms than usual. On the palate, plenty of tobacco with some hard leather, cassis, blackberries, dried herbs and a hint of red fruits at the finish. The acidity was higher than usual and the finish shorter (only about 20 seconds) and it took the wine down a point for me and evidence this particular bottle (despite its mid-neck fill and pristine cork) was getting a bit advanced.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of rose petals, spice, plums and soapstone. Flavors of cherries, berries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink with some air time or continue to hold.
From memory. PNP. This was much more youthful on nose and palate than I ever would have guessed for a 22 yo wine. That said I thought it was a bit simple on the palate. Not disappointing, but not as complex as I would have imagined. Very good though and ready to go.
Slightly darker, mid to full ruby. More classical nose, cedar, sweeter blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf, and quite mineral. As per a recent 89, no Cordier funk here. Positive entry, with a nicely cool and focused, minerally attack and a slightly leafy element developing across the mid-palate. Mineral and focused. Some brighter red fruit coming though as it starts to open up and show a little more development, and the cedar starts to show hints of sandlewood too. Very good indeed. The youngest seeming of the three 90s tonight (Dom de Chevalier & Clerc Milon), again, as were the other two, true to its appellation. Top ****, maybe higher.
Decanted for 2hours. Nose of wet earth, some funk that blew off, wood and dark fruits. The palate was shallow and not as ripe as other 1990s. The finish was horribly tannic and really took away from the experience. Maybe I should have given it even more air, but this was not enjoyable.
This is my third bottle in three months. The wine has shown consistently to be forward in style. Smoke, cassis, forest floor, blackberry and earthy scents produce the perfume. Soft and round in texture, the wine ends with cassis, licorice and spicy flavors. There is no tannin left to resolve. This is fully mature. In a blind tasting, it looks and tastes as if it were at least 10 years older than it is. While there is probably no hurry to drink this up, there is no reason to wait. I want to finish my remaining bottles over the next 5 years before the wine begins to slowly decline.
Decanted and began a bit rough but started getting deliscious after 30 minutes. It is ruby with a pink rim, smells like cedar and earth. It is cool on the tongue but rich and with decent fruit with medium finish 92
Developing faster than anticipated for a Gruaud Larose of that era, (1982 and 1986 are both young) the wine offers tobacco, forest floor, barnyard, cassis, herb and dark berry aromas. With a roasted fruit quality and ripe tannins, the concentrated wine feels round in the mouth. There is no hurry to drink it, but as it's close to mature, this is a good time to start opening the wine.
One of the bottles of wine that, for me, changed my view of wine. Terrific on all levels. First tasted in a class with Kapon of Acker Merrill some 15 years ago. Other vintages, including 1982 (consumed on my 10th anniversary in 2008), 2003 and 2005, were not as good. Comparable: Derek Jeter.
Gruaud Larose Masterclass with David Launay (Fine & Rare Wines, London): A crowd pleaser. round and smooth, full secondary, earthy, cedary less fruit on the nose. Long sweet core with lots of legth but lack a spirit and vitality of the 89 and in a way feelslike a wine to have sooner than later especially compared to the 89. 92-93 drink now but this will last.
Tremendous plummy, cedar nose, deep ruby color. Slightly more spicy than your typical bordeaux, not a trace of tannin. Doesn't quite have the strong finish however, so I would slightly disagree with other tasters - I think it's at peak now and we should drink up.
Bordeaux v Burgundy event (The Square Restaurant - London): If you had to explain what mature Bordeaux was to an alien then you would use your cosmic laser gun to shrink-wrap this and teleport it to far off planets and show them this wine. Not a wine to shout and scream from the rooftops but it oooooozes mature Bordeaux from every single pore. This may not win any awards or get Parker all excited, but it is in a place right now that should be much more appreciated. Excellent.
1990s Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: 12.5% Opened for 1hr. This is quite reserve at first, but continue developed in the glass, gaining more power and strength. Strong note of menthol, cigar and smoke surrounded the sweet dark fruits and fresh mineral core. The high acidity backbone marked the freshness of this wine, bright and structured. Wonderful delineation and focus on the dense, rich, palate with fine-grained tannin. Structured, quite tannic yet light on its feet. This getting sweeter, silkier on the palate that offered concentrated, seductive sweet dark fruits with sour plum on the very long finished that lingered with savory aftertaste. A serious juice, perhaps not at the same level of finesse and class as the 1st two wines, but this is wonderfully harmonious and refined. Buy - Maybe - Yes.
dark brooding wine. full of fruit and earthiness on the nose. got a good mix of meaty fruity sturdy wine on wine on the nose. a very full mouth and more primary than secondary. this wine is still improving
IWFS Bordeaux 2nd Growth BYO (Blu, Shangri-La, Singapore): Excellent. A whole lot more masculine than the pair of rather pretty Poyferres in the last flight, but no less attractive for that. The nose here showed wet soil, leather, tobacco and cigar box mingling with deep meaty scents and sweet dark fruit along with very Gruaud Larose angelica root accents, boiled herbs and wet leaf - all deep, dark and earthy. With time, lots of cigar and pencil lead notes swirled out together with a distinct whiff of black tea. Very complex stuff. The palate was quite wonderful too. Beautiful freshness and melting tannins framed a strong mouthfull of ripe cassis and blackberries on the glorious attack, before the wine unfolded into mulberry leaf and tobacco notes. Just slightly weaker on the midpalate, but there was a long fresh finish with more tobacco and black tea flavours sprinkled with a twist of herbs that just seemed to go on and on on a bed of firm, but well-formed tannins. Powerful stuff. Not exactly elegant, but it certainly had no lack of breed and class. I really liked this, and I think it has the capacity to age well for many years to come.
Commaderie dinner at Bibou. Not as expressive aromatically as I was expecting, with subtle notes of ripe black fruits, barnyard, leather and earth. Medium-bodied, with a pleasing texture, good concentration, and a focused finish. More impressive on the palate than the nose, which was a bit surprising to me.
Decanted 1 hour. Red brown. Lovely warm complex cedar, leather, ceps on the nose. Excellent balance on palate with more earthy flavours. Long finish although slightly vegetal at end. Paired with char-grilled steak, peas and baked potato and was a perfect match. Outstanding (94-97).
Decanted minimally and then drank over 2 days. Very heavy sediment. Shy nose that never shone and was hard even to identify as St. Julien. Palate was rich black fruit and balanced acidity but very one dimensional. No length. Dumb phase...after 20 years? More likely just a poor effort for the vintage. Very disappointing compared to expectation.
Sunday Paella Nice, haven't had a bottle of this for a while. Cigar box, saddle leather, plummy fruits and a bit of Cordier funk. Overall very nice, although I feel the gap to the 82 Gruaud has widened.
when last tasted, in november at the Ledbury, this tasted far younger than I expected. This time there was a touch of age - some brick-colour at the rim, a little more earthiness and meat on the tongue. And that's no criticism. A lovely wine still. Great length. 10 bottles to go. Plenty of time in which to enjoy those.
Ruby core - slightest orange rim; superbly complex nose of autumn leaves, red fruits, smoke, herbs, saddle leather and earthy bloody minerals; lovely palate - very accessiible now with lots of complex development and nicely evolved fruits. All well balanced with filigree tannins. Excellent.
Popped and poured mid-wwek at home. Stood up well to the lack of respect it was shown. Gorgeous deep blackcurrant and dark plums fruit nose counterpointed by dark, damp loamy earth. Palate was immediately warmly inviting full ripe dark plum-driven fruits, licquorice, sandalwood and chinese medicine on the back end with a slightly dry, tannic back end.....nice complexity. The finish and length was immemorable but probably a result of my lack of decanting. Should have kept this for a time I could pay it better attention.....fortunately I have 2 more bottles.
Classic nose of earth, saddle leather, and cherries. In the mouth it is warm and full of dried cherries, licorice, and mulch. Really classic Bordeaux, but maybe not a perfect bottle. Looks like a little wine was pushed out long ago.
The best Gruaud Larose I have ever had. Sitting perfectly in the drinking window. Opened, but not decanted 2 hrs. before drinking. Incredible nose, beautifully smooth on the tongue with integrated tannins, and a lingering finish that kept going and going. Stellar.
Start: lovely bricking and a strong smell of fruit and earth as we decanted. It had a medium palate that backed the initial aroma but the last glass became thin and tart making me take off points. 89 for me tonight but if you do not object to the thinning at the end 90+ otherwise. I have 3 bottles left and I will Audoze them rather than decant.
Right out of the bottle, this wine didn't taste like much, but 2 hours of aeration did the trick. I've had this wine several times in the past few years, and it is consistently good. The nose is a heady (and toasty) perfume of red berries, flowers, leather and soy. While not exactly heavy bodied, this wine is dense and luxurious with layer after layer of vibrant fruit unfolding on the palate, and the finish rolls on and on.. I'm drinking the last glass as I write, and it is definitely the best of the bottle. This is one fabulous 1990 St Julien that is sitting comfortably in its drinking window, and showing no sign of rolling off it. I'm sure we'll be writing good things about this wine well into the 20's
Interestingly, this is one of the few modern Bordeaux wines that was produced from all 5 varietals. Earth, truffle, smoke, tobacco, fig, plum and cassis scents make up the perfume. Full bodied and filled with ripe, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, this powerful Bordeaux still tastes young. The wine finishes with spicy cassis and earthy flavors. This will be a very long lived wine.
Wine was opened about one hour prior to consumption . Nose was fullmof leather, dirt and barnyard. I liked this wine ,but bit was not great. Mid palate was the best part of this wine and this fiinish was lacking. Wine might be slightly past it's prime. Definitely not worth the money band I would not buy it again
OJ Dinner @ Ledbury= dark color with a bit of lightening on the edges. a touch of tar and smoke on the nose, a bit of pepper on the nose, hanging on to a touch of its fruit but moving into mostly secondary flavors, medium length
I opened this bottle the evening before for what turned out to be a rather subdued New Year's Eve dinner at home. Busy shuttling young adults to trains and parties left little opportunity for actual drinking. I re-corked the bottle after a glass or two and left it over night.
Twenty years in the bottle, this wine remains at its peak. Today -- 24 hours after being opened -- this bottle represents a near perfect match to my tasting 9 months ago. The remaining wine will not last the hour.
Tasted at a Grapes for Humanity dinner hosted by G. and A. With a lighter, orangy colour. This wine's bouquet was full of oranges and this got stronger the longer it was in the glass. A nicely balanced wine that I really enjoyed.
What hits me most in this wine is the perfect drinking stage, the elegance and beautiful harmony and balance. Beautiful oak, little bit of pleasant barnyard, perfectly soft tannin and good juice. So complete. Will probably never be better, but it will stay on this level for some years.
Touch of brett with mostly green vegetable, iron and raw meat on the nose. Great balance on this bottle, unlike the thin bottle of '86 from last night. Strong cherry fruit and red licorice on the palate, but not over the top. Long finish of lemon tea.
Deep garnet core, medium pale garnet rim. Sweet, evolved nose, slightly baked red fruits, hints of caramel, earth, leaf. Some floral notes. Attractive and complex. Medium bodied on the palate, soft, mellow and harmonious, red fruited with hints of spice and leaf, good acidity still on the sweet, long harmonious finish. Outstanding, fully mature claret.
Dinner at the Oak- double decanted, deep purple color. earthy, leather and dark cherries on the nose. in the mouth this is soft, lush and round, still showing a lot of dark and stone fruits, soft tannins. med length. very nice bottle of wine that is showing well but still developing
decanted for 2-3 hours before dinner @ The Oak. purple color with a little browning around the edges but looked youthful. when decanting and in the glass it had quite a farmyard nose but upon tasting it seemed not to be an issue,.it tasted of dark red fruit, barn and a bit of blackbery jam. it had a very full mouthfeel and was quite round. after sitting in the glass for a while the barn nose seemed to lift and it was now just a very good glass of mostly primary claret. this wine has some time left to it
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; opened about 1 hour prior to service. A murky purple core with some amber at the rim. The bouquet was quite distinctive, proudly offering up notes of ripe dark fruits, barnyard, saddle leather and wood. In the mouth, a very concentrated wine, with the wood playing a much more prominent role, but no astringency or harshness. Not as round or voloptuous as some of the greats from this ripe vintage. Overall, a fine mature Bordeaux, but on this night, the '89 Grand Puy Lacoste performed slightly better.
The third of three 1990 vintage wines served over dinner (the Ducru B. and Cos D'Estournel were first and second), the Gruaud Larose had the strength to bring us all back to attention -- yes, this is a wine that must be recognized no matter how may wines have been swirled, sniffed and quaffed before. A backbone of wood and earth tones provide the structure for layers of fruit. The 1990 Gruaud demonstrates that classically made wines can have the strength of a ballet dancer without the over-powering muscle of a body builder. This is not a steroid injecting, A-ROD wine of the new world -- rather, this wine has the strength and beauty of a 90 year old yoga master.
From Imperial size. I really loved this extraordinary wine. Totally open for business. At first tasting had a slight brett that i found pleasing, in the vain of Montrose 1990, but much milder. This note disappeared after one hour from the opening. The nose was delicate, floral (violetts) and plummy (bluberrys). The tasting was smooth juicy fruity mineral and round, with no hard edges (plum, violets, stones). Very well integrated and pleasing, sweet. The power of the mouth fill was consistent with the deep and purple colour of the wine, but surprisingly more powerful then the delicate nose. The finish was long and smooth. I think this wine has a long life ahead.
I can't remember who brought this to the champagne and bdx dinner at Sweets and Savories. This showed very well next to the 86 and 89 of the same wine, with my slight nod going to the 86. This one was rich and dark, with great power and a sense of finesse layered in. Not quite fully mature, I think this will improve as it picks up some secondary characteristics, but it drinks well now.
This offering from Gruaud Larose is a true classic. Like other 1990s I've had, it is quite young with its best years ahead. On the nose:dark fruits and earthinessl. On the palate: very fine balance with a superb mouth feel. I wouldn't call this wine exotic; however, it does mange to combine bold richness and delicate balance.
This is, exactly as advertised, an absolutely terrific wine. Having read in a "bring your own bottle" article in a well known wine magazine that a partcular well known London restaurant's equally well known sommellier would consider allowing customers to bring their own bottle provided the same was an "amazing" wine, I decided to chance my luck with a bottle of G-L 1990. I emailed said sommellier, who promptly responded that I could bring along my bottle for a reasonable corkage fee of the cost of the restaurant's house wine (£20). For fear of the dreaded cork taint, I burrowed into my cellar and prised out two bottles of the marvellous nectar and on the appointed evening took them along with me to the restaurant. It was a matter of chance which bottle was opened first. The first whiff of the wine took myself and my lady companion into a delighted reverie. The junior sommelliere, who poured the first tasting portion fell into a swoon. She was so overcome that it would have been heartless not to have offered her a glass, which the head sommellier kindly allowed her to take 15 minutes in the back to consume at her relative leaisure. The wine itself was absolutely and unbelievably delicious - smooth, subtle, sweet tannins and with a refeshing acidity, even after 18 years in bottle. The second bottle made its way on the followigng week-end to a dinner party in deepest Sussex in the English countryside. With approprate fanfare and an overblown introduction from me the ottle was opened and ............ pure vinegar. As Kurt Vonnegut would have observed at such a moment, "so it goes".
Gruaud just poured is immediately approachable,polished, nice ruby colour with garnet rim,the nose is very complex ripe black fruits,leather,saddle,pencil lead,roasted herbs, tobacco.The sip is well balanced with many years ahead.
My last bottle from a case that my Dad originally bought on release in North Carolina, then brought back to Florida. Perhaps the finest bottle from a memorable case, this bottle was almost a perfect Bordeaux: a sublime combination of those exotic baking spices, that cedar-cigar box essence so characteristic of this wine, amazingly fresh fruit, vibrant acidity, and sublime tannins. As great as it was, with more time it will develop even more complexity. I actually preferred this to the 1982, which had lost too much of its fruit for me, and was too much just earth and leather at this point. This was the WOTN until the 1993 Haut Brion Blanc came out. Oh my God in Heaven, why have I been drinking reds all these years?!?
Decanted for 2 hours, will double that next time. Went from strength to strength over the course of the evening, and the perfect bottle to savor while eating barbecue and watching the Red Sox crush Cleveland 12-2. A real treat of a wine, now I know why Chirac served this one to President Clinton (the former, not the next). Powerful earthy cedar nose, and loads of jammy fruit make this a delight. Hard to believe this wine is nearly 20 years old, dynamite.
Gruaud Larose vertical 1870-2000 (IOD, London): 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
Uncorked DK tasting: 1989/1990 Bordeaux (Kenneth): Dark red with a slightly lighter rim. Intense nose of dark blackcurrant and cherries with lots of sweetness and a distinctive herbal touch. In the mouth it's round and perfectly mature with intense flavors. Plums comes to mind among other things. It dries a bit (just a bit) out in the aftertaste.
Perfect Bordeaux color with some bricking at the edge. Soft, subtle and subdued with dried red fruits and some hints of ceder and graphite. One of the last wines of the night so the details escape me but the overall impression was very nice. Paired with a Regusci Stags Leap Cabernet.
This wine was sensational, classic Saint Julien. The color was brickish in tone. The nose was filled with scents of blossoms, roses and cherry liquor. The taste demonstrated concentrated, earthy flavors of cherries, tobacco, cassis and wild mushrooms.
Opening up with a powerfull wild and gamey nose, with some mushrooms and red fruit... in the mounth the tannins were also present with an lack of fruit and only some red berries (groseilles)... this wine is not representative of the 1990 vintage... As I bought this bottle recently, did it have some conservation problem or has it been cooked??? (91+/100)
Had this wine with dinner and notes are from memory. The nose was a bit rustic, some dark fruit, with a bit of barnyard and earthy mud. The palate showed much nicer dark fruit with some herb and spice, medium-full bodied with big structure and a masculine edge. This wine is still young and has plenty life left in it's future. 92
This wine came from Berry Bros. & Rudd. It is yet another fine example of the excellent quality of product that comes out of here. I have sampled at least 10 bottles from this retailer and everyone has been perfectly cared for and in superior shape.
Diane's Birthday Dinner in BC.: From magnum. I've found a fair amount of bottle variation with this wine, even from the same OWC's. This bottle had a fantastic nose. Double decanting it a few hours before dinner, the aroma literally engulfed the kitchen, and turned heads. Incredibly youthful, with a strong and vibrant fruit forwardness - blackberry, strong strawberry. I liked this wine, but have had even better bottles (and worse). Certainly drinkable today, but this wine has a lot of miles left on it.
(at Corks – Baltimore) this was pretty unique compared to the other wines in the Bordeaux flight. A weedy nose that had tea nuances. I liked this better than most as there was a good bit of delicious red fruit to go along with the funk. Not great, but enjoyable. (17)
This is still VERY young. This is a big, brawny wine with dark fruit and tons of structure. Everything is still somewhat primary with just hint of secondary nuances. The finish is moderate, but feels very compacted right now and given the weight in the middle, this should flesh out over time. This bottle needs at least 15 years to peak, probably more.
The Third Annual Blind Challenge (Establishment Restaurant, Manchester): A very deep colour, almost black, but not especially young - maybe 10-15 years old? I very much recognise the nose, but can't place it instantly. A bit weedy on the nose with hints of blackcurrant. A delicately balanced palate, but quite a masculine claret. Lovely stuff. I'd guess at St Julien, early to mid '90s, though an even-numbered year, I'd say.
Didn't decant but opened for an hour and then poured. Lovely nose of cedar,tobacco and dark fruit. In the glass, it opened up over two hours to reveal a delicious palate of dark fruit in a full bodied package. Medium finish. Lots of life left in this one. Drinking beautifully right now, but another 5-10 years should see a softening of the tannins.
Bill Boykin visits London (Chez Charles Morgan): Deep ruby, with a hint of barnyard on the nose (not as pronounced as in other G-L wines I've had). Excellent stuffing on this one, loads of ripe dark fruit with notes of bacon and old leather, finished by velvety tannins.
As baked, pruney, and unfocused as it ever was -- I have not had what I would consider to be a great bottle of this in several years and, unless much of what came to STL was cooked or something -- I would argue that this wine is heading downhill. Orange / brick color, raspberry cordial then really plumy fruit, some spice and warmth from the alcohol -- but in the end, simple and stewy to me. Others enjoyed this more than I. And, some agreed with me. A table-splitter.
It offers layers of ripe, full fruit. Tasted against the 1986 the tannins are much less prominent, though still enough to support a satisfying and long finish. However, I think I made a mistake in not decanting it. dg
Dinner with the Nygaards (Rotisserie Jules, South Kensington, London): Dark translucent ruby. A very sweet nose initially, with jammy fruit. On the palate quite fruit-forward, with notes of cigar box and licorice. A bit light on the midpalate, and not as long as the 1986. This wine was double-decanted. A riper but less exciting rendition of G-L compared to the 1986.
Dinner with Jeff at Susan and Olivier's. Double decanted this about 2 and a half hours prior to consuming. Must say this was rather disappointing. The Robert Craig 97 Mt. Veeder Cab was showing much better than this wine. Wood, wood, wood, wood. Lots of cedar in this offering. Sweet fruit and a decent finish helped out the scoring, but I'm just not sure what all the fuss is about. I've got 5 more bottles so will be interesting to see if I change my mind next time.
90 GL is still tightly wound. With opaque color, the earth and minerals still dominate with cassis and leather hinting around in the background. This will become a great St. Julien in a few more years. Dark ripe fruit is here, but still tightly packed. Huge structure and notable power mean this is one to cellar for another 5 years.
At an impromptu last minute dinner with Victor Hong at Union Square Cafe. Ruby color with some bricking. Nose of damp earth and a little funk. Sweet cherry and blackberry on the pallate with earth and a hint of leather. Acidity kep it fresh and in balance. Tannins were relatively low. This wine appears to be fully mature and is a great vintage for Gruaud.
Poured for New Years! Massive, wine just a powerhouse. The wine was drunk with hors d'oeurves as no one would wait. Classic St Julian nose of cedar and cassis. Sadly the last of two--drank the other years too early. If I can find this for a reasonable price I will buy some more. The wine still had years of life ahead!
Color is medium ruby; nose is cedar and tobacco but a decidedly young wine. Palate is decidedly Bordeaux, but young. Definitely cedar and tobacco. Tannins are slightly prominent, more so than I would like. Needs another 2-3 to 5 years. Certainly a young-ish, terriffic Bordeaux that needs more time in bottle. Finish is a bit short.
Beautiful medium ruby colour. Aromas of cedar, spice box, cherry, earth, currant, red plums, and vanilla. Medium-full bodied with spice, red fruit, and cedar. Long finish with currant, cherry, earth, and cigar box. Continued to open with time in the glass. Delicious!
Aromas of wet forest, licorice, coffee, red and black fruit fill the glass. This is a very thick, chewy, extracted, full-bodied wine with depth and complexity. The long finish is a pleasure. I would not be surprised to see this wine drinking well at 40-50 years of age.
Decanting found a reasonable volume of course and fine sediment present. The aroma wafting up during the decanting gave away the power of this bottle of wine. In the glass a color of deep purple, that of a wine half its age; no bricking or browning evident. I was presented with a nose of fruit, earth, and power (difficult to describe). A palate consisting of moderate tannin, sweet fruit, and a little acid/tartness creeping in.
One hour later during dinner this wine was quite enthralling. A three dimensional nose of fruit, earth, brush/herbs, light cedar, vying for dominance, they come and go...never leave. A broad palate mixing sweet dark fruit, earth notes, substantial body, and a lingering finish of sweet/tart cherries.
Two hours later the nose picks up more herbs and layers that upon the fruit, light cedar, and slight (very) leather. The palate is still dominated by sweet dark fruit hiding any remnants of tannin, with a lingering finish of tart cherries.
Compared to the 89 of this I had a couple of months ago, this was in another world. The two have no direct bloodline. The 89 was tight and un-giving, this is open and seductive.