Drank over two days. Expressive bouquet of blackcurrant, light roast coffee beans, assorted peppers, graphite, dark (unsweetened) coco powder, hot gravel, black earth, and unctuous terroir. As potent and strapping a Saint-Julien that I have crossed paths with, featuring tremendous power at the front and middle, transitioning to a gripping back and gritty finish. A wine of medium plus acid and medium plus, powdery tannins. There is no trace of the crème de cassis textural weight that can be found Saint-Julien but this should not detract from an excellent wine. Highly enjoyable now, yet this is the style of great vintage Bordeaux that shows its best when fully mature, a point that it is likely to reach after another two decades. It might improve a little too. 92-94. Delicious!
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) An evolving and elegant nose here, with aromas of tea leaf and woody berry fruit dominating, It seems very well defined and bright. Quite some substance when it arrives on the palate, broad and quite creamy but with a very polished surface. Not fat or overly fleshy but rather a defined wine with very linear edges. I adore the maturing character present on the nose, although it does also worry me a little for being present at this stage; it is rather forward. Nevertheless the palate is more youthful in structure, so this has time in hand yet I think. This is a good effort from the team at Gruaud.
(Château Gruaud Larose) Dark red violet color; cassis nose with depth; plush, lovely, cassis and tart plum palate with a menthol note; medium-plus finish (62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec)
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) The nose here suggests sweetness, perhaps reflecting the layer of warm, honey-tinged oak, but also plenty of sweetly ripe fruit, presented in a very dense, dark fashion. The palate shows an elegant structure, but it does not have the rich structure or concentration as some of its peers within the commune. Nevertheless it has a pure and seamless nature, with well covered and well judged tannins. Very good.
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) CS 60%, M 30%, CF 5.5%, PV 3%, Malbec 1.5%. Nice colour, not the depth that some others exhibit, with a good purple-blue rim. Rather restrained nose, showing some good black fruits. Middleweight palate, rather typical of Gruaud, chunky and bordering on foursquare. The tannins appear on the back of the palate, and there is correct acidity. Everything is in place, but there is no flair or passion here. Nevertheless, a nicely assembled wine.
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