Dark garnet with lighter edge. Dark, unmistakable Bordeaux aroma with some funk out of the bottle; becomes smoother with air. Doesn't have the more typical Gruaud flowery and open aromatic character I particularly like -- a bit more earthy and closed down. Nonetheless, good length and very rounded and deep. For the vintage, this has kept very well. Enjoyed it, though it was time to drink it up. (Tasted alongside a Caymus 1987 -- the Gruaud was clearly superior).
Drank in a 80's Gruaud vertical. Still had fruit present, but off secondary flavors had overwhelmed. Strong woodsy flavor, like dry fallen leaves or dry bark, clearly overpowering the more classic Gruaud spices and earth. Not really serveable.
This wine is still very good. Decanted about one-half hour before drinking with light sediment in the bottle. Deep chocolate nose with vanillla and cedar hints. Rim was starting to turn amber but good color remained. Good fruit throughout, excellent balance and just a hint of remaining tannin and acid in the finish. At the end of the dinner (about 2 and one-half hours ofter decanting) the wine sarted to lose some fruit in the middle of the wine. Had it not been for that, the score would have been higher.
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