Château Gruaud-Larose 1928 - 2011: VTS fill. Some bricking, but still a dosage of red, dark core. Intriguing and complex nose, old drawer, tobacco, dark berries; more dark berries in the mouth, powerful and rich, very long, wonderful balance, complex. Again, this could have been a wine from the 70s or 80s.
Thanksgiving 2013 from magnum, h/ms level. Deep mature color. Complex cassis.chocolate nose which developed magnificently over 2-3 hours in decanter. Ripe, rich on entry, with some (now moderating) tannins still present but in fine balance. Captures the senses. This wine has finally reached maturity and is now great.
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(Gruaud Larose) The strength of the 1945 Gruaud Larose was self-evident; you couldn’t help but feel its presence. Its deep black fruit had a touch of cigar and some boxy browned goodness to it. It was still a bit shy, but so deep at the same time. While the ’55 said, ‘Hey, how ya doin,’ the ’45 barked, ‘What?!’ Did I already mention that 1945 might be the greatest vintage of all-time (95+)?
(Gruaud Larose) This magnum had a lower, mid-shoulder level but was not bad, perhaps not as good as it could have been, but if I didn't know, I might not have noticed. It had nice fruit, dark plums and grapes, and a lot of soft, supple structural aromas such as earth, straw, hay and light minerals. There was a touch too much minerality to the palate in its earthier profile, but it still had depth to its fruit and excellent tannic expression. Long, fine, still sturdy and possessing more tannins than alcohol, this was still an excellent bottle, despite the kiss of sherry to its flavors
(Gruaud Larose) out of magnum. It had a classic nose with cedar, leather, tobacco, iron and lots of vigor. There were also nuts, underlying yet broad plummy fruit, chocolate kisses and nice t 'n a in the nose. The palate had flavors of cedar, old wood, black fruits and carob. The Gruaud was long and round with a nice, dusty finish
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