Ch‚teau Gruaud-Larose 1928 - 2011: High fill. Some red, could have guess a wine from the 70s from the color. Some black and red berries, black tea, forest floor with violets; similar in the mouth, pronounced tannins, wonderful length, just a faint hint of sweetness. Bright fruit, crystal clear. Glorious bottle.
Sadly, this specific bottle was in the fading stage of life. The nose was much better than the palate with its complex array of secondary notes. The finish was all about the sweet and tart red fruits, but there was a bit more tart than sweet. Because 1928 and Gruaud Larose from that time period have a great track record for aging, I imagine other bottles could provide a better tasting experience.
Amazing stuff. No browning at the edge, darker than 1961 or 1981. This was a hugely structured, tannic vintage and it shows. Great density of fruit despite age. Just enough VA to add interest without seeming a flaw. A perfect bottle and no hurry to drink. Just a remarkable claret and a privilege to drink.
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(Gruaud Larose) All identities for each wine were not revealed until after each flight was tasted and discussed, fyi. The third wine of flight number one had a sweet, leathery nose with more black cherry aromas, seemingly lighter than wine #2 at first, but in an .on its feet. kind of way. The palate was soft and sumptuous, fully mature and beautiful with its leather, cedar, nut, earth, ash and morning-after fireplace aromas and flavors. .Smells like Lafite,. Rudy hypothesized. It was a beautiful
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