Outstanding nose of coffee, chocolate, minerals, flint and blueberry jam. Fruity and well-balanced with mineralogy and acidity. The finish is a bit lacking, as is complexity in the mid-palate... but it's layered, interesting, and has the tannins to see it through to interesting places.
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(Château Gruaud-Larose (St Julien)) There is a fresh and fragrant character here, with a white-stone edge to the fruit. This shows a very different style to the first few wines. A bright style, quite elegant and restrained on the palate, not the rich texture of some as might be expected from that leaner fruit character on the nose, although there is still a fair wealth of tannin here as well. Only moderately extracted which appeals, although there is a slightly lean texture through the middle. Attractive but it doesn't hang together so well as some.
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