2005 Sarget de Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • M├ędoc
  • St. Julien

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Community Tasting Note

  • gunpwdr wrote: 91 points

    March 9, 2012 - Decanted day 1, re-bottled and re-corked overnight. Notes are from day 2. Nose: Dark currants, soy, anise, green/stemmy/tobacco leafy element. Fairly rich and fresh at the same time. Palate: Currants, melted licorice, plums, bit of gravel and pencil lead on the attack. Seamless transition to and through the mid-palate where the fruit and smooth tannins persist into the finish. Excellent acidity throughout as well.

    On day 1, this wine's nose was open but the palate was pretty reticent. I made it a point to re-bottle a big pour to make a better assessment on day 2. Turns out it was a pretty good move because I believe it resulted in this wine's true character being shown. Reviewers (myself included) love to describe a wine's balance, structure, and integration among many other things. I peeled those 3 out specifically because those are the characteristics that really stood out on Gruaud Larose's 2nd wine. Good enough fruit to make the wine actually taste good, but the wine's seamlessness and balance are what really impressed me.


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