This wine will deserve a higher score after a few more years in the bottle. Used the Coravin to check on its evolution. Medium bodied, with a feminine, but pure quality of red and black fruits laced with iron, graphite, and damp earth. The tannin while grippy does release into a smooth finish. There is an abundance of oak on this wine that I hope will integrate and resolve over time in the bottle.
I just opened this wine and it seems a bit thin and acidic with little richness or power or depth. I am not impressed, and it seems those who reviewed it 2-3 years ago liked it best. Interesting, a wine that shows better when considered too young. It is tasty, just nowhere near worth the $70 I paid, which the merchant assured me was a bargain. For $36 a Penner Ash pinot noir, or for $43 a Stags Leap Artemis, has much more to offer. Maybe comparable to a $40 Barbi Brunello last night, but at $30 more money a disappointment. Still, it is better than the $30 Senejac from last night but nowhere near a $65 2006 Chateau Lagrange. A $70 Andrew Will Sorella blows this out of the water, and a $90. Aldo Conterno Cicala is on another plane entirely. It's pretty good, but lightweight, not smooth nor interesting, and very overpriced like virtually all name Bordeaux now.
La question était doit-on boire le 2008 avant ou après le 98.. Finalement nous avons servi les deux en même temps. Le 2008, plus présent au nez mais encore assez tannique, le 98 plus équilibré. Les deux magnifiques en tout cas.
Clear garnet. Nose of berries, leather and vanilla. the wine is still a bit astringent but luckily they did not overdo it with new oak. the tannins are quite smooth. The fruit reminds me a bit of a young old school Napa Cab, but not at all overdone. Overall the wine is lacking some power but is a very nice drinking wine and a good value. Drink now - 2015.
Beautiful bouquet with cassis and other dark forest fruits, graphite and barnyard. Same on the palate, also some bell pepper. Firm acidity and powerful tannin. This will be a beautiful and refined wine around 2020 – 2022+.
Gruaud Larose Dinner (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Big and powerful in every dimension with dense, brooding black fruit. Very good spice support throughout, most notably on long finish, which was the wine's overall highlight tonight.
Will drink this bottle over several days. Right after opening a dark nose and a palate which is full of very ripe, dark and dense fruit. This is a crowd pleaser. The wine has a medium to full body and it is not very tannic and it drinks well already now. No complexity to speak of. I can not recall ever having had a bordeaux that drinks this well so young and that is so fruity and sweet. This certainly was a big surprise.
Developed nicely over 16 days, but it took 3-4 days for the oak to disappear.
Earthy light style of a st. julien. Well made wine with a good structure. Lots of earth/wood. The 2008 leoville barton was better 90-91. at 40$ i got was very good. will hold the other 5 bottles (on the fence of adding more).
Wanted to test how a young wine can evolve so opened and slowly drank for about 6 hours. Took at least two hours to start open up while the aroma was quite appealing from the beginning. A mixture of blackberry, leather and acidic. Really started to blossom after four hours where the layer finally appeared and the tannin kicking in. Not my favorite St Julien but definitely show the characteristic of this region
As I was curious, I opened a bottle before lunch to let it breathe in a wide decanter for 7 hours. Drank it during dinner, where it paired very well with wild hare. Of course, it is a very young wine, inky dark and not too much details on the nose yet. However, it is a very complete and competent wine, with the young fruit (cassis and blackberries) being most obvious. The tannins are present, but not too disturbing. In the aftertaste it remains smooth and speaks of its class with a mouth-filling and pleasant consistancy. All in all, I really enjoyed this wine. I have several more bottles, and I am sure that it will age well for years and years to come, but it will be hard to keep them burried in the cellar and forget about them.... Recommended!
Earthy, funky nose. Lighter style with a good structure noticeable on the finish and not yet well integrated old wood. (score reflect the hope that the old wood taste will smooth out). Definitely not worth the money. 88-89-
Had at Marcel's in DC paired with a pork loin dish after a one-hour decant at the restaurant. Strong flavors of leather, tobacco, and a bit of menthol. In an ideal world could probably use a multi-hour decant or preferably 4-6 yrs in the cellar before opening, but quite open for an 08 bordeaux.
With tobacco, smoke, cassis, licorice and spice aromatics, this polished style of St. Julien lacks the concentration found in the best years of Gruaud Larose. There is a minor hint of green flavors found in the cassis filled finish. From a blend of a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, for Gruaud Larose, this will drink well young.
Tried at the Glengarrys Bordeaux wine tasting. $175 (NZ). Beautiful, almost powerful nose. Smooth palate thats more Margaux like but overall, quite disappointing. Overall I just don’t rate these wines. They are not earthy or chewy, more medium bodied and whilst certainly not offensive, its not a producer Ill be adding to my cellar.
Now we are getting somewhere. A very pretty nose: floral, a little smoke, pretty sweet fruit, complexity. Has character that a lot of the other wines don’t have, and showing much better than when I tasted this in September 2010; palate is pretty in a less ripe style with some leafy herbal elements. Exotic spice and cigar box notes add to the interest here. 92
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 Tasting (The Barker Hangar – Santa Monica, CA): Delicately complex on the nose with tremendous notes of red berries, currants, herbs, and sweet earth. There is lovely balance and restraint on the palate with a wonderful earthy texture that melds with the flavors of red and purple fruits. The structure of this wine is superb as the tannins and acidity create a texture that really suits the character of the fruit.
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 Vintage Tasting (Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California): Opaque ruby robe with red rim. Clean, moderately intense nose, with black currant, plum, graphite and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity. The ample tannins are fairly well-integrated. The flavors profile is, like the nose, quite beautiful, adding an element of fig. The middle palate is solid and the finish is long and quite smooth. This is a very nice Gruaud and definitely one of the top wines of the vintage. It has the structure to improve with additional time in the bottle, and may warrant a higher score in the future. Drink 1/16-12/30.
A lot of mocha/coffee and some green leafy character; licorice and bell pepper too. A pretty nose. Palate is smooth, with definite green pepper varietal character. Has considerable intensity of flavor.
Bordeaux 2008 (Bordeaux): Very rich and full, even showing some early hints of meatiness. I like the volume and texture although it is a tad rustic. Still, the chutzpah is there and this should prove fun to drink. 88-92