Bought on auction. Fill level was not impressive. Didn't even want to drink yet but felt moisture on the capsule so it was triage. Then noticed the cork had fallen. Decanted. Surprisingly this bottle was very pleasant. Light cherry, tar, earth. Can't believe how good this was considering my expectations .
Terrific bottle of this. Deep in color and plenty of concentration and grip. This is better than the '70 - thicker, bolder, fresher. Flavors are classic Gruaud, rich red fruit dripping with tar, almost like an old Barolo but with mature claret elegance.
Disappointing nose (B), interesting Palate (B+). Interesting to see how a 43 yo wine is after all these years. Not as good as the first '71 Gruaud Larose I drank a few weeks ago (both bottles purchased at auction recently so no works on history of these bottles). This one had a top shoulder, an oxidized capsule and a soaked through cork from bottom to top but it came out in out in one piece.
- Garnet color - Purchased at auction for $45. 4cm ullage with an oxidized capsule. The cork was soaked through but (almost) came out in one piece. Poured into a decanter and there wasn't much sediment in the bottle.
Initial impressions: A bit of browning on the rim. Nose of dark fruit and band aids. It's rather unique. I can smell the Cabernet peeking out underneath. Dark cherry fruit, with just a touch of cedar on the palate. The tannins are still there.
One hour: The odd band aid smell is pretty much gone. There's a bit more fruit on the palate now and the finish seems a bit longer. The tannins don't seem as prominent and there's a touch of sweetness.
Two hours: The band aids are back, but it's not off-putting. There's also some nice cedar notes on the nose. The fruit is still pretty strong and the tannins are still in balance. The finish seems a bit longer and I can taste the Merlot in the blend.
Three hours: The band aids are virtually gone and there's sweet fruit on the nose. Sweet cherries on the palate, with nice astringency. It tastes great right now, so I'm going to finish it up.
Overall, this was an interesting wine. Clearly, it's past its prime, but it still has some life in it. It was definitely worth trying, but I won't run out to buy more. I wouldn't sit on this too much longer if you have some in your cellar.
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