Cork crumbled a bit upon opening. Graphite, sweet tobacco, sour cherry, and plum. Lighter than expected, with a demure elegance, if not quite grace, to it. Could have picked nicely aged high-end Barbaresco before St. Julien. Decent bit of sweetness held up over a few hours, though, as mentioned, rather one-dimensional, at least at hour ~4. Cassis and menthol emerging with time. This would be downright divine with any sort of roast with herbs de provence and a starch based side.
Very nice, but decent QPR. Nothing mind-blowing or fascinating about this, and thinner than I would have liked.
Decanted for 2 hours; medium purple color showing some age; nose of tea leaves, cassis, cedar, leather, tobacco; savory palate for me, some cherry and currant flavours add sweetness, tea leaves, cedar - medium finish
Solid color with a beautiful nose of cassis, green tobacco and graphite minerals. Medium-to-full bodied with lots of dark fruit and minerals. A young GL that has yet to develop the telltale tobacco and charcoal flavors of the terroir but it is nicely concentrated and builds to a rich finish with lots of mineral notes. The only knock is the slightly green, astringent tannins but I'd give this 5 more years to see where it goes before passing final judgement. I'd bet on it. 90+
Very consistent with other notes. Wonderful nose. Very dark in color with no bricking at all. Still a little tight an hour after a Double Decant. Wine really evolved in the glass. Has a lot of life left.
New Years Eve at home, pre party, this is a birth year wine for my daughter. Decanted through a Vinituri for about an hour, drank over 90 minutes
Nicely aged, medium purple, some thinning at the edges. Nose was fresh and elegant. Some funk one the opneing, blows off in about 15 minutes. Nose was blackberry, cassis, graphite and cedar. After about an hour picking up some burnt sugar. Palate of sweet cherries, currant, cedar. Fruit and acid and well balanced. Tannins resolved but still present. Medium finish.
This is a well made Bordeaux squarely in its drinking zone. My guess is it will continue to evolve. This is a nicely aged, approachable wine now, elegant, low ABV, opens relatively quickly but seems like it will "hang" if you have the discipline to get to day 2. Good stuff...
What a difference from the previous bottle - thankfully. This was everything you would want and expect from a nearly 20 year old Bordeaux from a fine vintage. Color, nose and taste were all fresh and vibrant. Fruit was still rich and acid and tannins were balanced. Mouth feel was excellent.
Initial cellar funk blew off very quickly. Decanted and drank over two days. Did not die out quickly and was still going strong (if not better) on day two. The nose opened nicely and was full of cassis, graphite, & leather. Still showed some firm tannins initially, but was perfect for red meat.
This has lots of time left in. Lots of fruit, but also seems mature at the same time. Sweet cherry, graphite, and cedar an the nose. Classic Bordeaux. Very similar notes on the palate. This is clearly a classed growth. Will hold for many years yet, but is delicious right now. Why wait?
15th of 24, decanted one hour, good fill - mostly excellent notes, but this bottle rather green and unsatisfactory, not bad but falls short of what it should be, better bottles are normally 93. Good plus (15.5/20).
Wines with Lunch (Prairie Grass - Northbrook IL): Recent library release bottle. Boysenberry and black currant aromas with hint of leather. Same flavors that are starting to be approachable, still showing lots of structure, but starting to provide pleasure.
Drank from magnum. Not as nice as the previous bottle but maybe I should have decanted and aerated longer than an hour or two. 4 hours like the last time. Still lots of charm on this wine, nice ruby color with some bricking, beautiful nose of cassis, dark red berries, leather, spice and crushed stones, reflected nicely on the palate, mid bodied, not overly complex but nicely structured, good acidity and minerality, decent finish although tannins slightly more granular this time. Medium to full bodied. Pairs nicely with ribeye.
Light, with rustic tannins and hint of tartness in the berries, the nose, with its tobacco, earth, cassis and barnyard aromatics is fine. But the fruit is losing the race with the tannins on the palate and in the finish. Time will probably not improve this wine. At 19 years of age, it is, what it is.
Medium to full body. Still fairly purple in color with only a touch of bricking. Mild nose with tar, cassis and a touch of funk. Restrained fruit. Cassis, cinnamon, plum, olive flavors. A bit tannic, needs more integration, yet I would drink now for there may not be enough fruit to hold up for too many more years. This may never come fully into balance, but still a very nice wine. Classic Bordeaux.
Drank from a magnum, three hours in the decanter and this wine was ready to drink. Deep crimson color, slight bricking, nice nose of black cherries, blackberries, spices, licorice, fat entry on the palate, rich in the mid palate, very well structured and balanced, medium to full bodied, nice acidity and a decent finish with tannins fully integrated. Mature wine with at least a few years of life ahead of it.
First red of evening at tasting (blind) at Mosaic in St James LI Same strategy for all four reds-opened at 8 am. Second was 98 troplong, then 95 bond Melbury and finally 02 O'shaughnessey all as magnums. The gruaud was a beaut and classic enough that most guessed its rough age and that it was a st julien. No need to wait on this excellent representative.
Bottle was in pristine condition. Decanted for about an hour. Beautifully balanced wine showing notes of ripe cherries, blackberries, cedar and a hint of spice. Medium bodied with fine tannins and a lush and elegant mouthfeel. Good finish. Fruit still very much present so should be able to hold on for another 4-5yrs but I doubt it gets much better than this. Edges out the '95 Pontet Canet we had the previous night. This is what classic, mature bordeaux should taste like.
Hard to believe that this wine is on bottle for so long time. Trying over two hours. Deep garnet. No barnyard detected but al lot of cedar and leather at the beginning followed by pencil lead, red berries and a bit of cherries. Rather sweet and soft in the mouth with velvety fine grained tannins. Full bodied. The next bottle in about 3 years.
Long, 2h+ decant. In neck fill. A fairly dark garnet with a translucent rim. Plenty of sous bois, dark berries and yes, an oxidized Sherry note. Cannot remember having a left banker with an oxidized note (according to 90plus this is 31% Merlot). Same on the attack, again this subtle oxidized taste. Then a dark, and little rough fruit profile. A little thin perhaps, this bottle does not have much further to go. Fine to medium tannins. Nice, medium finish. Not sure what to make of this. Would certainly only give it a short decant next time. Disregarding the oxidization, would give it 90-91.
Grenat assez foncé. Dès le premier nez, Bordeaux rive gauche avec cette classe bordelaise qui mélange fruit, épices et cuir d’une si belle façon. Suit en bouche un registre similaire (fruit, cuir et épices) avec une acidité juste, un bois bien intégré et une longueur qui prolonge ce moment exquis. Très beau et pour un bon moment encore. Suite à une discussion qui a mené le vin sur St-Julien, j’ai suggéré Gruaud Larose comme domaine (ressemblances avec le 2004 bu il y a un temps) et belle surprise au dévoilement ! Superbe
Dark cloudy core with bricking; very Bordeaux on the nose with earth, red currant, tobacco, and lead pencil; balanced and soft, good acid and very drinkable, ripe, good fat and richness; reminded me of the '95 Montrose tasted last month, the '95s may be entering their drinking window.
First bottle from second case and right back on form having hit a dumb phase in 2007, decanted 1.5 hours, med deep garnet, some development on rim, classy blackcurrant driven nose with secondary flavours of cedar and graphite developing, med full, long, good persistence and grip, ripe fruit (some earlier bottles showed green fruit), nice complexity and balance, now at early stages of full maturity with good but not super long life ahead. Fine plus (18/20).
A night of Bordeaux as Tom Reddick pays a return visit to NYC. (Le Philosophe.): Post Cordier, so much of the funk is gone. It's quite beguiling on the nose, actually, with cherry, game, earth and tobacco showing. It just really says "Bordeaux." On the palate, it's quite pleasant, but doesn't quite live up to the nose. It's drinking well for a '95, showing a softness I haven't seen in too many others from the vintage, though there is some austerity to the wine on the finish. Mid-weight with a nice mix of cherry, herb, tobacco and earth flavors. There's some oak that still needs to integrate and the acids and drying tannins need some food to smooth them out. Solid B+.
A Wine Dinner (In The Silo at Ruth's Chris, Madison, Wisconsin): A very characteristic bottle of this wine, lacking acidity to balance the almost sickly sweet concentration of perfumed and slightly medicinal fruit. It was still a pleasure to taste this again, quite a unique wine for its unusually longlived and ripe 1995 fruit.
Decanted for 3+ hours. The wine is very pleasing to all senses. We'd like to keep it in the glass all night long because of the complex nose that is to nice. But eventually, the taste in the mouth is overwhelming and we can't stop but drink it!
Gruaud Larose Dinner (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Tough wine to assess tonight. Very young and rather backward. All dense, black and barely accessible. This clearly has the raw material and density to weather a long-term evolutionary cycle, but this isn't close to really showing much charm for me.
Nez assez intense de cèdre et sous-bois. D'abord un peu dissociée, la bouche finit par se constuire pour devenir très harmonieuse et fondue, presque crémeuse. A noter que le vin, non décanté, a mis 5-6 heures pour s'ouvrir.
BYOB Tasting Menu Meritage (Meritage, St. Paul): Very dark red color with moderate bricking. Slow-O for 3.5hrs followed by 1.5hr decant. Drank 1+ glass over 60 minutes. Nose shows florals, spice, some funk and earth, graphite, cassis. The palate shines and shows a somewhat more feminine character, lead pencil, charcoal, cassis, black cherry, fine grain moderate tannins, nice acid, a little meaty, underbrush. Medium plus finish. 92+pts.
Typical Gruaud nose and taste: briary rose, blackberry, cherry, with a hint of brett and the usual spiciness that makes Gruaud instantly recognisible. Medium bodied, the tannins have settled down nicely, it has a good velvet feel to it and plenty of fruit. A good example of Gruaud, rather than a great one.
Poured through Vinturri and decanted for 1 hour. Extremely powerful nose of leather, currant and cedar which manifested itself almost like spearmint. Mature but fresh on the palette with good but not exuberant fruit in text book GL style. This is a less massive, more streamlined wine than the 1996 GL. Very good and should last another decade at least.
New Year's Day Dinner (Jan's): Very dark red/purple color, virtually no bricking. Decanted one hour, aerated into glasses and drank several glasses over 3+hr. The nose is dusty, showing pure cassis, graphite, underbrush, mild perfume. The palate shows medium to full body, soft in the mouth with velvety fine grained tannins, dusty minerals, cassis, black cherry, graphite. Not a blockbuster, but a really well balanced wine likely at its peak. I will update this after revisiting on day two. 92+ for now. WOTN for me. Still strikes me about the same on day two.
Nice mature stage showing great complexity on the nose. Hints of pencil, cedar and earth were quite intense on the nose. The structure felt a bit lean, and here is where you feel more the character of the vintage. It has good acidity and pleasant soft tannins, but the fruit content is less pronounced. Good finish with interesting complexity.
Color is an appealing purple, slightly brown, although a tad cloudy. Aroma boasts fig, plum and cherry - quite full. The cherry predominates in the mouth with lovely earth tones, amber and mushroom. Finish is medium with a light feel, with lingering cherry. Overall, this was a "smooth" and beautiful Bordeaux, light in texture and very enjoyable though lacking the complexity of a "great" Bordeaux experience.
Decanted, but began drinking within 15 minutes. Great ruby color without bricking, softening from earlier tastings where the tannins were pronounced. Now the hold it together but are now in the background. Complex pleasant earthy nose with mineral overtone and long smooth finish. Delightful. I'll wait another few years before the next bottle.
Decanted 60 minutes. Ruby red, no bricking. Still quite tannic. Fruit was cherry and dark berry, with strong undercurrents of earth and graphite. Medium length finish. This bottle could easily have gone another 5-7 years. Too young to drink right now.
30 minute decant at restaurant; bricking evident at edges. Wet leather and barnyard nose as expected; mineral evident on the palate. A very nice bottle of wine, but nothing spectacular. I found a few bottles at my retailer and thought $55 for an aged bordeaux was a great 'no wait' deal. Nice QPR for a 15-yr-old bottle.
Showing its age a bit, has developed a diesel-like funk on the nose. On the palate, shows like a good mature Left Bank Bordeaux, with some of the bitterness that seems to characterize a lot of 95s. Could use a little more pleasingness to the fruit. Lots of classic licorice, lead pencil-type characteristics, as well as a slight hint of band-aid on the nose. Decent, but ultimately not outstanding. 90-91
marvelous, w/ Faireys and Kirsten and Patrick and Mary Margaret. At the obvious peak, wonderful bouquet, full palate, smooth tannins and perfect in all respects, but not a blockbuster. Very elegant and suave. Lovely.
Medium red color. Elegant structure. Some tannins but well balanced. Lots of blackberry, blueberry and a hint of chocolate. Evident terroire and moss on the nose. Really good bottle of wine and a nice accompaniment to ancho and coriander rubbed hanger steak at Dylan Prime in NYC. Drank with Will from his collection.
Nose : blackcurrent, graphite, cigarbox. In the mouth, tanins are still firm despite the age. Fruits are stisll frsh, but dominated by minerality and some woody character. Hints of aramel in the finale.
Fading to rust on the edge. Nose: dry red fruits with tons of saddle leather and earth. I found this to be rustic - hard around the edges with a slight sting on the back palette. Good finish - but I think I caught it just on the otherside of the peak. I'm glad I drank it rather than waiting longer.
Last tried 3 years ago. No significant improvement. Fading cherry in color. Typical cab nose, but subdued and no Gruaud funk. Mostly sour cherry on the palate with some earth and cedar. Some light tannin on the finish which I did not find in prior bottle. Decent, but that's all. Went well with pasta and venison marinara with venison sausage.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours --
NOSE: somewhat tight; earthy; hint of mint; blackberries; graphite.
BODY: garnet color of great depth; medium bodied.
TASTE: earthy with blackberries; minerally; hint of Bdx funk; nice acidity -- well-balanced; hint of smoke; hint of black licorice on the finish. Not as impressive as the bottle I consumed on 11/19/2007, but still very good.
color: dark ruby scent: nose of overripe black cherry, earth, licorice and (in the background) a little breeze of mud (or is it vinegar) palate: medium bodied, round and soft on the palate, evident tannins, matched by correct acidity, medium finish
compared with the Lagrange 1998 we had last week => definitely weaker
RENK KOYU RUBY BURUN AGIR VE BİRBİRİNİN İÇNE SAKLANMIŞ KOMPLEX GEÇİŞLER DAMAKTA YUVARLA TANINLER KOSESIZ FAKAT DAMAKTA UZUN NEDENSE 89 RP DOGRU GELIYOR. ASLINDA DAHA YUKSEK NOT ALABİLİR.A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
Very youthful color, crimson bordering on purple. With some time in the glass, the nose showed very interesting spice notes. The palate also showed fairly young, with lots of raspberry and cherry, licorice and smokey wood, and slightly dusty tannins. Drinking very nicely now, perhaps near its peak, but will probably develop secondary complexity for several more years.
(Drank at Delmonico's NYC.) Superrefined, with classic notes of leather, cedar, and cassis. The tannins are sweet and all but totally integrated. There's nothing flamboyant or even necessarily unique about this wine, but it's just so well-mannered, understated, and technically flawless that I can't help but enjoy it. It's the perfect foil for a clean slab of steak.
Decanted for 4 hours. Very dark purple, almost inky in color. Classis Bordeaux barnyard, wet straw, and damp earth nose with hints of chocolate, blackberries and meat. The first night it revealed a full bodied palate of black cherry, dark berries, hints of licorice, red meat and earth. Very smooth and elegant tannins with just the right amount of acidity. It had a medium-long finish. Day two of this wine was much better. The dark berries, cherries and currant really exploded out of the wine with cassis and licorice at the end of a long and rich finish. The tannins were refined and in balance and there was still some nice acidity left. Great balance and drinking well but I still think it should be better given the quality of the 95 vintage on the left bank. I do think this will improve with more cellar time but I am down to 1 bottle - bummer! 50+4+13+17+8=92 pts To view more tasting notes like this visit www.pullingthecork.com
This improved greatly on the second day. First day it was pleasant enough, but one-dimensional and dominated by cedar. By day 2 the cedar had melted away significantly and left a much more complex and intriguing mix of subtle dark fruit, earthy notes, and a bacony, fresh bay-leaf aroma and palate. Plenty of tannin and I think this will still improve with a few more years.
Appearance: I was surprised when the dark purple colored wine flowed from the bottle, leaving a considerable amount of sediment behind. I was not expecting such a youthful looking wine. Amount of sediment seemed appropriate. There was barely a hint of aging near the edges of the wine in the glass.
Nose: Hint of barnyard; I agree with those who've said moist forrest floor; dark raspberry notes; spicy treebark too.
Body: Medium bodied. I was surprised at the level of tannins here, this wine could easily lay for at least a couple more years.
Taste: Quite impressive: very smooth and earthy. Still plenty of fruit flavors going on here. We had this bottle with a pasta bolognese (the bolognese had about 60% hamburger, 30% lamb, and 10% Italian sausage) and asparagus in a lemon-butter sauce. I was further surprised that this wine paired better with the asparagus than it did the pasta bolognese. In fact, the asparagus pairing was so heavenly it will be a pairing I plan on revisiting on a regular basis in the future. I was surprised at the youthfulness of this wine. For my taste, this wine could easily sit another 1, 2, or maybe 3 years.
Decanted for one hour. Ruby color showing slight fading on the edge. Funk on the nose, barnyard, unmistakably Bordeaux, subtle dark fruit underneath, notes of cedar....complex nose. This is full bodied on the palate showing flavors of cassis and liquorice with lots of mineral notes. Still showing some firming tannins, very good solid structure. The medium finish is the only thing holding it back from a higher score. 91 No rush here, decant longer next time. This is an old world Bordeaux that is right up my alley.
Had this in a blind tasting and knew in half a second that this was a bordeaux. Love the earthy, barnyard nose on this one! This style bordeaux will always have a place in my heart. Flavor was just as earthy and smokey, almost like eating the forest floor after a fire. Fruit flavors of cranberry and blueberry poked through there as well, making this a very nice well balanced offering.
Tasted blind. Dark ruby color, opaque with very little fading at all. The nose was definitely funky with a barnyard stink that was a little hard to get past. Fortunately the flavors were much better. Smooth and well intergrated fruits and tannins. Could use a long finish though but still very nice.
Damn if this wasn't just a fine bottle! Great balance acidity and fruit--I continue to have good experience with the vintage. A suble undercurrant of earth and damp forest rounded out the wine. Gentlemen--start your 95's!
Drank for Katie's birthday at Le Pavillon w/ Steve. We single decanted this after a '98 Cos d'Estournel, which was a terrible idea because the Cos showed this wine up. The Gruaud Larose had a beautiful dark purple color. Seemed a little backwards for me, and didn't seem to open up like I'd thought it would after a few hours. The nose was almost tomatoey (if that's even possible). Dark fruits, smokey, with a decent finish. (7 views)
Still plenty of cherry and black currant primary fruit together with the typical Bourdeaux cigar and coffee. Medium full body, fresh and well balanced, medium long. Excellent drinking now but will stay healthy for another 5-10 years.
Decanted for about an hour which is enough for this wine. Great color. Good balance of fruit, acidiity and tannins. This is a relaible wine for the vintage and price ($50). Dark berry fruit with just a hint of bret. Some floral notes on the nose which quickly dissipated.
Decanted about 1.5 hrs before drinking. Some sediment. Dark ruby in color. Earth and dark fruits on the nose, but subdued, not expansive. Earth, sour cherry and dark fruits on the palate with a hint of alcohol. Somewhat tight,heavy, but not tannic. A good bottle that might improve in a few years. Will wait 3-5 years before I consume the next one. A typical Gruaud to my thinking. Consumed side by side with 96 Pavillion Rouge De Chateau Margaux and 96 Bahans Haut Brion (neither decanted or opened in advance) and consensus was that the Gruaud was the slightly better wine and more drinkable wine at this time, but the nose on the Margaux was incredible.
Smokey with notes of earth, mineral, and graphite. The fruit of the wine is characterized predominantly by raisins, but a subtle note of very ripe strawberry shows as well. This bottle was drinking very well, still youthfully vigorous, but very well integrated. An outstanding and dynamic wine. This was simply an extraordinary showing for this bottle of wine. Approaching maturity. 94+
Toronto Offline at Reds with Ian Darshan Cauble: I have had other vintages of this wine and it just is not to my taste. Tonight, no different. The nose is typical St J, with the damp earth dark fruit. But after tasting, the very dry tannins and high acids leave me wonder where the pleasure is. While this was fun to try, I cannot say it will ever grace my cellar.
Brought to Geneva restaurant for Karen's b-day dinner. We opened with Veuve --always a crowd favorite! Her dad was late to dinner, however we saved him a glass!
The Gruaud was steady, full of wonderful St Julian flavors of damp earth and forest. I just love the profile of that appelation! We smacked our lips and enjoyed the bottle--saving a glass for the owner of the restaurant. Still many years left for this wine, optimum drinking say 2007-2015.
Dark ruby-red and young looking. Dark fruits, smoke and slightly roasted aromas; more dark fruit and smoke on the palate, roasted coffee, earth, touch of oak. Slightly drying tannins and a bit austere on the finish. Overall solid and enjoyable, not great, could have gone a lot longer to maybe soften the tannins.