PoP. Intensely deep ruby, yet translucent edge, some legs @13% abv. Medium left-bank aromas of red cherries, cedar, toasted oak. Later leather and cigar box aromas appear. Dry, medium(+) acidity, medijum elegant yet firm tannin, medium alcohol, medium-medium(+) body. Medium palate of red cherries, blueberries. Later the secondary flavors appear; blackberries, coffee notes, hints of spice, pepper. Balance between tannin, fruit and alcohol. Firmly based on these beautiful tannins. Good length with almost light-footed yet serious and integrated finish. Bravo! Decant next time for ~1hr. Elegant and restrained, super.
Bricking at the edge. Decanted for 30 minutes. Heavenly aroma of musk roses. Tastes of deep, soft tannin spices, black cherry, cigar box, good acidity, all long on the palate. This wine has it all. Terrific.
An evening with the whole family; next of this vintage, an intense and animating cassisnose....., still grainy and yery young tannin, enormous power for this vintage, with airation tasty and fresh, midweight cassisbody, some mocha, very long though, a very good appearance of this bottle, years to go, **(**), 90- 93+?
This is really in a terrific place right now. It is full bodied, super supple with spicy tannins and black cherries, silky smooth, nicely balanced, and deeply flavored. This is a wow wine on a shoestring budget.
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This has an attractive, mineral-stony fruit character on the nose. First impressions on the palate indicate this is a touch leaner than some wines of comparable or greater classification, but through the midpalate it shows a good and elegant style, not very dense or rich, but more of a well polished middleweight. There is a firm, tight core of grippy tannins, plenty of pepper and spice, and lots of elegant Gruaud fruit nicely held together with a complex, slightly exotic twist. Nicely balanced. Very good indeed.
(Château Gruaud Larose) Black violet red color with red meniscus; mint, dill and coffee nose, that changes to a port-like nose after 1 hour in the glass; tasty, coffee, mocha, tart plum palate with creamy texture, good acidity; medium finish 91+ pts.
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) A firm, meaty, classically Gruaud nose with great depth of character. Firm and very tannic structure with a lovely presence on the palate; fine fruit, with a complex, meaty style. The tannins round with a flourish on the finish. This has lovely typicité. Very good indeed, with plenty of potential.
(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) An attractive, deep colour when poured in the glass. On the nose it presents slightly hot, stewed fruit, with a slightly pruney character; I find this to be teetering on the brink of an acceptable fruit profile. Quite decent style on the palate, though, amply texture with a good weight, a ripe tannic structure and really rather fine acidity. Nicely balanced, and lovely flavours here. Despite the edgy nose, which hopefully will develop with maturation, I like this. Very good. Needs 8-12 years.
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