Château Gruaud-Larose Vertical (Knightsbridge and Abigail's): Light-to-medium nose of plum, bell pepper and cigar. Palate is also light-to-medium bodied with softer fruit. Flavors are not intense, but echo the nose. Everything in proportion today, but I get the sense the fruit will start receding and lose out to tannin. Drink up.
PnP. Not a good vintage and it shows. Nowhere near its 1993 or 1997 sibling. I'm determined that I will not go near any more 1999 Bordeaux from now on. For what it's worth, here is my ranking for some of the 1999 Bordeaux: 1. Angelus, 2. Leoville Barton, 3. Gruaud Larose, 4. Pichon Lalande, 5. Cos d'Estournel, 6. Brane Cantenac, 7. La Tour Haut Brion.
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) A dark red-purple, glossy appearance. On the nose it has sweet, slightly confected blackcurrant and cherry fruit. The palate has bags of structure, with plenty of sweet, ripe, concentrated fruit. Massive tannins. Very backward. Needs seven to ten years.
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