Bordeaux 1998 tasting by my friend who calls himself “100wines”: This will be one note for the 1988 and the 1998 tasted blind beside each other. The 1988 (Stored at perfect conditions since release) has a beautiful and elegant bouquet with good oak, salty licorice, graphite and a touch of barnyard. On the palate dark and red berries, some chocolate, green herbs and sweet spices, juicy acidity, a touch of sweetness and a bit drying tannin which still has some power as well. The 1998 was stored for many years at room temperature and had a beautiful bouquet with beautiful oak, sweet spices and some barnyard as well. On the palate red and dark berries, a lot of chocolate, mocha, some leather and tobacco, friendly acidity and melted tannin. Also a touch of metal at first, but with more air time the metal was gone and sweet spices and licorice appeared. Although the comparison is not really fair because of the different storing conditions, the conclusion for this evening was that the 1988 is more impressive because of its age and the future it still has. This bottle of the 1998 was fully mature and a with some more air still a great pleasure. I think both wines, when properly stored can still last until 2018 although there is not much reason to wait. I will score the wines similar to what I did on previous occasions: 1988 - 92 and 1998 - 90.
The second of a two bottle lot purchased on WineBid.com was corked. WineBid did not inspect the bottles or note the condition properly. WineBid did nothing to address the problem and I will never buy from WineBid ever again.
Not the way I wanted to open a bottle to celebrate the year I was married.
Purchased a two bottle lot from WineBid to celebrate the year I was married. The condition of the bottles was misrepresented by WineBid, and I don't know how they could have missed the poor bottle condition. Corked and awful! What a way to celebrate my 27th anniversary tonight.
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) Skipping some successful vintages we arrive at 1988. This wine is a complete contrast to the preceding two. It is dark, glossy almost, with fine, claretty fruit on the nose. A touch of exoticism too. Firm, upright, and structured on the palate - a classic Gruaud set-up. It doesn't have immediate appeal, but is clearly set up for further development in the cellar. The texture is a touch creamy, with plenty of sugary-sweet fruit, and piles of mouth-puckering tannin. Like the 1979, I wonder whether this wine will ever emerge from beneath all that tannin.
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) Another deep red wine, with tremendous length again. Initially the nose has a rubbery component, but the aroma quickly blew off so this seems to be just 'bottle-stink'. Good fruit otherwise. On the palate a huge body, very weighty, with smoke and tobacco elements. Well balanced. A lovely wine.