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Community Tasting Notes (350) Avg Score: 93.1 points

  • Classic old world BDX. Beautiful color still intact. The nose gave way to classic tobacco, forest floor, horse ox, and toasted oak. Secondary fruit notes of berry, cassis and winter berries. The palate was smooth and delicious with good structure intact. Dusty berry, earth floor, mild green notes and lead pencil. A mere perfect representation.

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  • Oh my, when this wine is on, is it magnificent or what!? First off, a huge "Thank You" to Peter at Marty's for finding this local stash. So far, this is the best lot of 86 GL that has ever passed my lips. Before the cork was even completely out, I could get a small whiff of the heavenly aromas that lay in wait. I could smell this wine all day and night and die happy. Soaring wet tobacco, black tea, plum, cassis, rusted iron, summer rained earth, leather, and pencil. The nose is downright habit forming, no kidding. The palate is massive and just drenches your mouth with all of the above flavors. Layer after layer of 29 year old delight cascade down your throat. This is an 86, so the tannins are present, but they are completely integrated. This was a special bottle and I am biased toward the great Cordier wines of the 80's. But if you like this style of wine, then start searching for good examples of this wonderful 86 GL. I hope that all of your bottles perform like this beauty. 98 Pts

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  • 70th birthday dinner. Drank with the '79 Haut Brion. This wine initially came across as more rustic than the older wine. This is a big wine with unresolved tannins and copious fruit with a huge upside potential. Lovely Cab nose, well balanced palate and good finish. As the Haut Brion held it's own over the two hour dinner, The Gruaud Larose evolved in the glass to eventually equal the former wine.

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  • If the aromas of a cigar store, cedar closets and cassis, a mouthful of ripe, fresh blackberries, concentration of flavor and intensity, with regal, elegant, masculine textures and a long, smoky, spice filled, currant finish is a turn on, you came to the right place. Avoiding the extreme tannic character of the vintage, 2 hours of decanting was just right. The wine improved in the glass until we reached the last drop. This is so easy to drink, we finished the bottle long before we were ready.

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  • Almost 30 years old and still vibrant, fresh, and tannic. A complex nose of tobacco, forest soil, berries and mineral. Bold and chewy, packed with black fruit and ripe cherries.
    If trying a bottle soon, slow ox then 1-hour decant for more enjoyment.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/28/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 89 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Group's #4 (my #3) – 26 pts.; 1, 0, 2, 1 - bricking medium dark red violet color; maturing, tart black fruit, tobacco, leather nose; mature, tart black fruit, tobacco, charcoal palate with a trace of pepper; medium-plus finish (this bottle was showing its age much more than prior bottles I've tried)
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/28/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Dark red violet color; tobacco, tart black fruit nose; tasty, tart black fruit, tobacco, mineral palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (a second bottle was corked)

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  • By John Kapon
    Bordeaux Horizontals, 5/11/2009 94 points

    (Gruaud Larose) The Talbot was followed by its sibling, the 1986 Gruaud Larose, which also had a bit of that bathwater to it at first. Someone hailed the nose ‘more voluptuous.’ The nose became perfumed and also developed aromas of cola, cherry and wool, and it left a clean and spiny impression. The palate had the minerals, earth, game, carob and cassis. It was smokier and bigger than the Talbot but still distinguished, stylish and long (94).

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/11/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Tasted in a flight with the '82 and '89 Gruaud Larose, and this one had a slight edge over those vintages: dark red violet; tobacco and tart cassis nose; good, focused tart cassis, tobacco and iron palate with much smoother tannins than anticipated; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.

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