One of my favorite wines since the 1982. This one had the same flavor profile which I love. Not as elegant as the 82 but maybe because of age. A lovely wine. I have yet to have a Gruaud Larose that I didn't like. This is not a fabulous vintage but it was still lovely-- after a 2 1/2 hour decant. Didn't taste it periodically so might have opened up earlier.
Drank alongside a 1999 Haut-Brion over two days; of the two this was the more rustic and most Bordeaux like. It featured a blackcurrant, earthy, and gravel driven bouquet and taste profile. Of substantive weight and structure, medium minus to medium tannin, with a rounded and full mid palate. Substantive back, seductive and texturally appealing finish of very good length. Both wines were impressive in different ways, but this second wine cost a fraction of the 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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