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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This is the first in a trio of vintages which ranged from unsuccessful to a washout. Still youthful on inspection. The nose still has fruit, with a dense and seemingly chewy character. Elegant on entry, with a fluid midpalate. There's plenty of structure, with a firm tannic backbone, and a good texture. It has good fruit, although it's not packed with character or flavour. Firm, spicy, tannin-laced finish. An impressive effort for the vintage.
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