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+
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This wine has a dense red hue, with a rim showing some maturity. Somewhat diffuse, muddy fruit on the nose, difficult to pin down. Full and rounded on the palate, medium bodied, with roasted fruits. There is a structure that needs to integrate, the tannins are still quite evident, matched by correct acidity. Overall it seems dull, withdrawn. Not showing very well at present, this wine needs another three to five years at least.
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