Imbibed in Provence. Deep robe, narrow rim. Leather, dark red and black fruits, graphite on nose and palate. Wonderfully St Julien, elegant with refined ripe tannins, textured and balanced acidity and fruits. Full bodied, with a satisfyingly long finish.
Pnp, deep garnet on color., yield a very rich nose of leather, cedar wood, black fruit and a subtle floral note. This is a great St Julien right to the textbook. Mid palate also give some pencil shaving aroma, good acidity although the tannin is still slightly grippy, but should soften with airing. This wine is entering its drinking window, simply lovely and underrated.
Took to dinner at restaurant,so I decanted 2 bottles first to remove sediment. On opening strong aroma of red berries, raspberry. When at restaurant maybe the Lebanese food was too strong but both the bottles I had decanted and 2 further bottles had black fruit bouquet. Colour was good deep red. Taste was strong, plenty of fruit, well balanced and quite long. Good wine, everybody enjoyed it.
St. Julien really put out some great wines in the 90s. Drank over 2 hours. Nose had some subtle barnyard that was really nice. On the nose and palate, detected wet earth, dark cherry, mocha, and truffle. Smooth, long finish. Round tannins. Definitely in its prime drinking window, but I'm sure it has 5+ years left to go. Highly recommended.
This is really delicious wine. It was good straight out of the bottle, but after a 2 hour decant, it emerged balanced, with a pallet of subtle red and blue berry flavors. Funky? Sure, a bit, in a good way. Fully resolved tannins. I bought a well stored case for $85 per bottle, and I am very pleased with the value. If not for the inevitable headache in the morning, I would pop a second bottle. Good juice at this point in time.
This has improved over the last year and is now at its peak. Clean nose with no brett: blueberries and plums with cherry and notes of lavender. In the mouth, the fruit is now really winsome and impressive: as noted before, lots of Victoria plums, with a second wave of cassis and cherry, then a long, satisfying finale of blueberry. The balance is perfect, the structure is solid, the fruit is sweet and intense - que demande le peuple?
Decanted for two hours which was excellent and after five even better. Full bodied, rich and classic style of the more forward modern Gruaud Larose grounded in earth, smoke and incense. Layered herbs, toasted oak, cassis, currant, and a hint of licorice this wine has found it balance and apogee. Can maintain for years, but I believe it is what it is. Drink now or for six more years into the next decade.
after pouring a strong cassis nose, just a whiff of earth, little roasty, still firm and grainy tannins, therefore very tight, a basket full of cassisfruit, cedar, midweight body which has an elegant and tasty showing, develops in the glass and is getting more nuances, this bottle shows a lot of primary fruit, so I expect this 96 GL to evolve in well stored bottles for more than a decade from now, long and very addictive finish, **(**+-?) 92-94+?
This comes across surprisingly youthful next to the '90 and '94. There's plenty of bright dark fruit and cedar on a polished, medium weight frame, but it doesn't show any of that leathery or earthy savouriness I usually expect from Gruaud, and feels a little more tightly wound and tannic on the palate. With air in the glass this gets more fragrant and nuanced, but it still gives the impression that it's holding something in reserve.
It's been a few years since I last had this, but it's still very young - which I suppose should be no surprise knowing the Medoc and 1996. With an hour of air, this showed a beautiful nose full of flowers and elegant cassis fruit that stands in surprisingly stark contrast to a broad-shouldered, ripe palate full of leather and plum. A long finish. Good, but a little polished for Gruaud - I usually like the chateau for its touch of rusticity.
Decanted for 2hrs, probably needs 3hrs+. The consensus on the table was that the 96 really needs another 5 years in the bottle but is showing some great potential, tanins are soft and starting to integrate well, there is still some "green" in the wine, seems tight and still too fresh and acidic in places. This will mature into a beautiful vintage.
(Bordeaux tasting, WineGate) Clean medium tawny color. Clear nose, medium intensity, thick layer of plum and blackcurrant, black cherries, liquorice, vanilla, sweetly perfumed toasted oak, blossom, chocolate, tobacco, subtle but complex, cigar box. I am writing down developing because crazy as it seems it is still kicking. It shows dry palate, medium acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium+ intensity, medium body and medium tannins. It runs smoothly in the mouth with jam-my sweetness, plum and blackcurrant again, vanilla, coffee, toast and chocolate, alcohol messing the balance a little. The palate replicates the aroma profile but its standing with a foot across the developed border. Outstanding quality, premium price (90€), developed but could go on for a few more years.
Starting to show it's age - brick at the edge - with heavy wood and undertoned fruit on the nose. Cassis for sure. very strong mouth texture and evolved nicely over the course of several hours. Finish lasted 60 seconds plus. Really good - slightly stringent and mushrooms galore!
Much the same as last year: Blueberry and plums on the nose, with a crisp attack of plums and cherries and a long, satisfying finish dominated by blueberries. Not a hint of brett. It doesn't have the velvety strength of LLC, but this is an excellent St.Julien 1996. This isn't as powerful as the GL 82 or the 90, but it's more cleanly made and on balance I think it's a better wine because of the higher acidity. Highly recommended.
Gruaud Larose Dinner (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Drinking well now, which surprised me for a 1996. Still a bit backward, but enough balance. Kept expanding with more air, so certainly a wine with room to improve with more cellar time.
Decent wine, but for the price not worth it. Orange red color. Lot of heat on the nose and decent fruit on the nose. Complex layers of fruit and minerals. A bit earthy even some hints of steak flavors. Decent wine would like to try again sometime.
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.
Decanted and drank over two hours. Nose was fully open right away with plenty of barnyard earth herbs and dark fruit. The palate was dominated by earth, herbal notes, and more dark fruit. Smooth silky and well balanced. Medium finish. In a great place right now and should hold for years.
Fresh nose of menthol and blueberry, then a strong hint of plums. Very impressive first mouthful, full of Victoria plums, which is unusual for GL, moving into black cherry and a touch of spice, with a finish marked by blueberries. Delicious, GL at its best. I don't think it'll improve much, but there's no need. At least ten years to go, the underlying power will see it out. Best GL since the 90, probably better than that one too. No brett whatsoever.
ruby red, almost clear look. Heavy barnyard aroma from nose to taste, heavily tannic, bitter herb, pencil and leather, fruits seem lost. limited complexity, moderate balance - dissapointing and almost ceretainly not worth the price.
If you are into "barnyard", this is your wine. It hasn't get any better in the last few years and still going strong. Tannins are still young and need either more time in the bottle or in the glass to come around. Other than that, very enjoyable Bordeaux for those who are into of this kind of Bordeaux.
Really rather lovely semi-mature Bordeaux. Still some blackcurrant on the nose, but starting to be dominated by leather and cedar. Palate is fresh and attractive, with notes of red/black fruits and some earth. Ramarkably fine tannins. Nice.
Beautiful Bordeaux color showing slight orange tint at the edge. Nose of earth, funk and leather with a slight sweetness of vanilla. Dark fruits driven by powerfully integrated tannins showing another decade or so to this superb juice. Popped and poured over an hour continuing to develop more and more complexity. Finish was long and tasty.
Glengarry Old Wines Dinner (Auckland, New Zealand): I may be slightly over-rating this wine, but it is a beautiful example of a Medoc from the 1996 vintage. It has wonderful poise and lovely balance. Extremely elegant and still tight. This wine convinces on this proportion rather than mass. This is drinkable now but I imagine it will continue to gain nuance in the years to come. Outstanding medium weigh bordeaux.
Good wine and quite the Larose but preferred the 2000. The 1996 just seemded to slightly over-exaggerate this wine's usual attributes; a tad too excessive. 30 minute double decant. As others have noted, it had a huge amount of funk on opening. Very briney / brackish for the first hour, with a finish that tasted of some onion. Very backward. A touch too much acidity. May perform better in a few years. Still on the way to its peak, no rush to drink.
Un vin acheté cet été à Las Vegas pour 79$, et quel achat ce fut! Son nez est envoûtant, raffiné, complexe, et évolue de minute en minute, offrant des arômes de torréfaction, de cuir, de fruits secs et mûrs, de poivron vert, de fruits rouges, de tomates des champs, accompagnée par une petite pointe animale. La bouche se déguste à merveille présentement, avec une belle matière précise et aromatique, un brin rustique, un équilibre impeccable et des tannins fins. Un vin à point, mais qui est encore loin du déclin, et qui m’a procuré un plaisir fou à le boire. Il me rappelle une fois de plus que les Bordeaux à maturité sont délicieux. 92
Third time i've tried this wine and this was the best yet. This was the most complex and integrated of the three. Gave this wine a decent decant and it had all the hallmarks of good claret, good balance between the fruit, oak and tannin - layers of complexity and a long finish. Boring? dependable I would say, but still enough complexity and interest to rate this as excellent winemaking!
Dark color, good nose of sweet red fruit and cedar, only a hint of fruit on the palate with earthy elements and lead pencil on the palate. Decent finish. Very enjoyable but not as memorable as the 1988 bottles I have consumed. Perfect with rib roast.
Nice at the start, but a bit gamey. Filled in after 30 minutes and became my wine of the night. Coffee was the one attribute I remember. In a very good place now. Started to fade after 1 hour after pouring. The bottles had been decanted and poured back into their bottles 2 hours prior to being served. Went very well with the Roasted Rack & Loin of Lamb.
Nose - wonderful, rich Cab Sauv nose; summer fruits, but with an ever so slight vegetal note; some cigarbox. Palate - dark, black summer fruits; sweet pencil leads; quite detailed and complex, with secondary layers evident. Long finish with some tannins. Almost fully mature. Classic, brilliant Bordeaux. 2nd best wine tonight.
1996 Gruaud Larose opened with barnyard, tobacco, earth and unclean aromas. Medium to full bodied with a lean, rustic personality and an earthy, cassis flavored finish, this is not a success for a vintage where so many great wines were produced in the Medoc. I do not see this wine improving with age.
Weekend Wine with Summer Part II; 9/17/2010-9/18/2010 (Las Vegas, NV): Rich, dense nose of dried cassis, roasted mushrooms, elegant cherry, delicate tobacco leaves, and hints of herbs. Beautiful nose that make me say, "wow" when I first dove in. This wine benefited from more air time than the 1996 Leoville Poyferre that was drank alongside it, and the wine was a bit more elegant and refined. The tannis are well integrated, the acid is in a nice place and the fruit still shines through. Beautiful bottle that has a long life ahead of it.
Nice fruit ranging from cassis to red apple. Pretty barnyard-like giving also notes of cinnamon, cigarbox and earth. Structured, bright and elegant but still almost meaty with velvety tannins. Nice mineral presence, pencil shavings, animal notes and balanced oak toast in the long aftertaste. Has years left, but was drinking rather beautifully already. 89€ in Wine Bar Tintå.
Very volatile nose and palate over the night. We have been drinking a lot of new world wines lately so I find this difficult to be objective about. I did however love the subtle flavors and musty smells. Not my favorite of the '96s. At this price point I prefer the Clos du Marquis.
Nose : blackcurrent, violet, cigarbox. In the mouth the wine is very balanced. tanins are still powerful but smooth and provide structure. fruits is very pure balanced by the minerality of graphite flavours. THe finales is very long. Better than 1995.
Thin brick disc with a deep garnet robe, very densely colored. Blackberry, cherry liqueur, pencil lead nose, some nice tertiary forest notes but really expected this to be a bit more advanced - but with some air a bit of barnyard emerges; really struck by the purity of the fruit here. Very classy. Delicious on the palate, same refined fruit but notes of coffee, chocolate too; gripping tannins and perhaps a bit alcoholic but well put together overall. Very nice finish, very long, quality wood. Classic, refined, a bit under-stated and less rustic than I'd imagined this might turn out to be. I'm very satisfied with this.
4/5 now; I'd hold on to this for a few more years - it's drinking really nicely now but I think the tertiary components that are starting to develop could be really special.
PS - went very well with a baguette and adelegger cheese - the French and the Germans are finally getting along!
Very expressive nose - I could smell the wine as I was pouring it out. Lots of graphite, pencil shavings, and rich red fruit. The balance was great, but I found the finish quite harsh and off-putting. I'm not sure whether this was a reflection of how the wine has been stored. This reminded me how good bordeaux can be!
Lovely fragrant St Julien nose of cedar, sandelwood, pencil-lead and blackcurrant, none of the the typcal Gruaud meaty, slightly barnyardy character in this one. Lovely, soft tannins, starting to show some development but still a teenager. ****
The wine has good nose and fruit concentration. Not over-powered but yet not really elegant in style. I would say it is somewhat between musculine and finesse style. Really a good Bordeaux but unfortunately nothing that really excite me. BTW, while 1996 is generally being regarded as a very good vintage in Bordeaux, I hardly find a bottle of 1996 Bordeaux that I found them really good. In contrast, I have much better experience with Bordeaux 2000 even though both vintages were rated by Parker as 96 for St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe.
This has developed well since I last had it 3 years ago though still tastes youthful. Deep mulberry and blackcurrant nose with lifting ripe fruit - showing well. Deep cassis fruit, weighty, dense, chewy lots of gamey fruit- stood up well to roast lamb with lots of garlic. Past the in-between stage and moving towards maturity. Still some way to go yet though as this firmed up and became more tannic as we drank it rather than opening up. A 30-40 year wine in the making. Will be a star. Classic 1996 Cabernet dominated flavours.
Actually I feel a little bit disappointed of this wine, when I open it, that is no nose at all, after decanting about one to two hours, some nose come out, but not so strong, the smell is light but okay. Drink not so smooth, a little bit rough, may be this wine need to keep for another two to three years, not yet muture at all. The taste is okay, but not excellent. Hope my 2nd bottle will give me a good comment. I still get 11 behind. Decanting may need over 3 hours.
Restaurant bottle at General Warren Inne, Malvern PA... $142. Popped and poured. Very mature and settled, comfortable nose that maintained its poise all evening. Leather, earth, and cigar against a blackcurrant backdrop on nose was confirmed on palate, but not quite as deeply... still bright and well behaved. This wine was well integrated, nearly in balance and quite a nice find. Good St. Julien effort and in a nice window. The virtues of patience are rewarded with Grand Crus in good vintages.
Proper claret. Typcal Gruaud meaty, slightly barnyardy complexity on top of classic cedar and blackcurrant. Drinking beautifuly now, tannins pretty much fully resolved, acidity fresh, fruit to match but all melded together with the nicely-developed tertiary characteristics. I may struggle to let my remaining bottles develop much further. ****1/2
Still youthful, deep ruby with a hint of purple. Cork could have easily passed for a 2 year old bottle. No rim variation . Nose is straightforward and medium (-) intensity licorice, blackberry, currant, a bit of graphite and underbrush. Medium acid, medium body, medium intensity. It's very very good but the balance is not quite right. Similar to the nose, this is pretty straightforward. Not a great or lengthy finish, but the flavors are excellent, and this drinks very well. A very enjoyable if a bit mild and simple bordeaux.
Very classy wine, very stilish. A little reserved at first, but after being decanted for 2 hours this wine showed its quality: excellent. Fine herbs, fruit, very broad nose and taste. Yes, this is a very, very good Bordeaux. Excellent balance, highest breeding. Refined, sober yet rich.
2nd time I have had this wine. Some friends in Michigan opened this bottle and 2 other GL's. This was decanted for 2 hours before we drank it and I did not think it was showing as well as when I tried this a few years ago. Overly tannic but filled with dirty red fruit, leather, currant and licorice. Needs time but a good contrast to the 1981. 89+ points.
Very slow to open up. First impression was there was little fruit and a lot of funk. Could it be the dreaded corkiness? Not to worry. As the wine gained air, it also gained dark fruit, leather and earthy notes with that funk in the background. Saved a glass for day two. Very dark and brooding with silky tannins on the finish. Save the last bottle a coupe years!
Just popped and poured. This wine takes time to open up. I like it's subtle flavors and classic old world attributes. I would have to downgrade, relative to other prior reviews. Still like at the price point and great contrast to new world wines.
Decanted and consumed over a period of two hours. A highly civilized, almost regal Gruaud Larose. The nose is somewhat muted, which is typical of GL. Somewhat light upon opening, this turned into a medium-bodied wine within 15 minutes of being decanted. In the mouth, this wine is all raisiny red and black fruit with plenty of saddle leather and earth. A classic Saint Julien, the finish is on the shorter side, but drink this wine for its purity and class. This wine did not evolve any further after being in the decanter for a half hour, suggesting that additional cellaring is not necessary, though this wine should easily hold for another 5-8 years.
An interesting wine. I decanted and drank most of the bottle throughout the evening, starting with a steak dinner.
This wine is more about finesse, elegance than power. An intriguing nose. I kept thinking it smells like creme brulee, with some ripe red berries and, sometimes, the usual tobacco leaf and graphite. The nose is more captivating than the taste. It's medium bodied, very fine, with subtle ripe strawberries, licorice, and other herbs. Very clean mouthfeel, fine tannins, and a pleasant but uninspiring finish. IMHO, I expected more from a 1996 2nd growth, but it's a nice wine. I'd give her 89-90 points.
1996 Bordeaux Horizontal (Custom House): Medium nose of black fruit with some hollow acidity. Tight angular acidity on the palate with a long black coffee finish. This really opened up much better in glass with some flesh coming through on the palate.
Meat, animal blood, tobacco, graphite and prunes on the aromatic nose. Balanced palate, with some spice, soft tannins and delicious black fruit with notes of black coffee underneath. This is drinking very well now.
Drank with my buddy in Napa. Classic Bordeaux nose, good structure and finish. Would recommend and at the $40 price point would consider it an outstanding value to buy all day. This wine was drunk against an '01 David Arthur. Both wines showed great with the contrast being sweet velvet for for the DA and classic balance for the GL.
A big beast. Tar, Liquorice, beef, leather on the nose. Not much sign of fruit. Similar flavour, an interesting wine at an in-between stage. Very animal: gamey flavours. It has potential but I'd give it another 5 years before trying again.
A pleasant bottle, but uninspiring. I'm still learning how to rate and evaluate wines. This one, in my opinion, needs more time. Tasted thin and more tannic than I would have guessed. Could be either that I need to decant it longer, or simply wait another 3-5 years.
A mere shadow of what the 2000 will be when it grows up. Nose filled with saddle leather. Rich currant notes and a long finish. The firm but dry taannins are starting to settle down but it still needs time. 91.