Un nez puissant de bois, de cuir, humus ainsi que fraises des bois et/ou framboise. Belle couleur sombre. Encore un peu astringent 30' après prélèvement et aération dans un verre, mais très agréable. Belle longueur en bouche.
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(Château Gruaud Larose) Very dark red violet color; nice cassis, black fruit, pencil lead, graphite nose; distinctive, pencil lead, graphite, tart black fruit palate, needs 5-plus years; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose (St Julien)) A warm fruit style here, very open, with some honeyed wood. The fruit has a sweet style with a furry, ripe and gamey warmth. Red fruits. Some of that crystalline character as well which is welcome. Well-judged on entry, showing a little more leanly in the midpalate though. Holding up nicely through to the finish, maintaining that open fresh fruit character, soft and supple, providing a good cover for the tannins. Nice acids too. Promising, with ripe tannin in the finish. A surprise considering it tasted quite incongruous in 2009. Very good.
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This has a paler hue than the other wines of this commune, and the nose is more meaty and less fresh, with some chalky red fruits. It has a nice elegant entry though, wit supple red fruit, although it is leaner and harder than the other wines. Pretty but slightly chewy tannins; this wine is certainly rowing in a different stream to the rest of the commune in this vintage!
(Château Gruaud-Larose (St Julien)) Some attractive fruit on the nose here, which is open, relaxed, confident and stylish. I find some nutty oak to be lingering here as well. I sense elegance rather than power though - not necessarily a bad thing of course. The palate has a fairly light presence in keeping with my impression of the vintage, with a supple seam of lightly crystalline fruit, and a rather firm underpinning of grippy, biting structure beneath. Good.
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