Medium bodied, bright and fresh, with a lean to the red fruit side of the style range, the wine is better on the nose than the palate, finishing with crisp, crunchy, sweet and tart red fruits. This will develop more secondary aromas, but it's probably going to retain its style.
Slow o'd for a couple hours and then vinturi'd. This seems approachable now, but you'd be better off leaving it alone for a few years. Graphite, meat, loam, sour cherry, red curant, and a fair amount of cedar on the spicy finish.
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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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