Capsule intact and cork was in good condition. Decanted for sediment removal and let it breath for 20 minutes. Dark ruby color, lightening at the rim. The nose was marked by restrained red fruit, followed by herbal and minty notes, and finally cedar and tobacco; a classic Medoc. The palate shows tart red fruit, forest floor and aged tobacco. Mid-palate has a notable mint/pine character which carries to a bright, acidic finish, with well resolved tannins and a supple texture throughout. Medium body; medium + finish.
A Hedonistic Night of Burgs, Bordeaux, and CDP at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Dark red color with a maroon hue, 2-3 mm margin. Pristine cork, opened 3 hours prior and splash double decanted to remove sediment right before leaving. The nose was singing right off the bat. That classic perfume of leather, florals and tobacco, very provocative. The palate is silky with a medium plus body, tobacco laden with grainy integrating tannins, leather, dark red fruits and cassis that take on more weight over an hour. Very elegant, classy as always. Probably right at peak now, this can still go for years. I love older Larose, it never disappoints always delivering a classic, elegantly aged Bordeaux.
I have always found that Gruaud fights above its weight class, and learned that from a wine dinner I hosted with Mike Steinberger as a guest. This bottle came direct from Gruaud, filled to the top and in immaculate condition. All of the tasting notes below capture the essence of what you'll find in the bottle - an unmistakable Bordeaux profile with black fruit, tobacco, cassis, cedar, and mellowed tannins. I decant just about every bottle of Bordeaux I consume, and this one got 4 hours, then cooled down a bit (below room temperature) for initial consumption. A wonderful wine to share with friends (and paired with flank steak).
Bordeaux wine dinner; 6/18/15: Pichon Lalande 1990 - Lighter color than others, I think passing its prime. A little dry on the finish but perfectly nice still. 90 Gruaud Larose 1989 - Very classic nose and palate of cedar and pine notes. Most silky palate of the bunch. Two at the table thought it was wine of the night. Not as much to my taste but very much classy Gruaud. 91 Cos 1986 - Funky barnyard nose. Deep palate with still strong tannin, but plenty of fruit coming through. Liked it but there was some brett there that to me, hurt. 92 Lynch Bages 1985 - For me, the wine of the night, largely due to the truly stunning nose. A tad dry on the palate but still long finish of dark fruit. 94
brief note. PNP. cork perfect. color dark. this was totally rockin tonight, and has lots of life ahead by my estimation. we were lamenting how great old Bordeaux can be, but how long it can take to get to that smooth resolved stage. this one is there and should hold
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(Château Gruaud Larose) Tasted in a flight with the '82 and '86 Gruaud Larose: dark red violet; big cassis and oak nose; youthful and luxurious cassis and tart red fruit, cherry palate with leather edges; medium-plus finish