Red

1981 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 1991 - 2009 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 100

  • paulst Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 14, 2021 - Tar and leather; smooth currant; fully integrated; silky and smooth; long sweet elegant finish.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • bucktooth22 Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 21, 2021 - Opened in 2021 (40 years old). Beautiful old age wine color. Strong Raspberry, plums, leather fragrance. Cherry, sour, dry, low alcohol, frontal gripping tannins still there.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • oneworld82 Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 31, 2021 - Leather is what comes to mind in the nose, with some mellow plum aromas. Round, still fresh on the palate, with very well-integrated tannins, cherries, more leather, earthy notes, some black tea. Very good still - and definitely a treat.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

    February 27, 2021 - Excellent old cordier era Gruaud Larose. Cedary with dark berries, leather, charcuterie and smokey herbs. Fully mature wine in a sleeper vintage. Personally I slightly prefer the 1980.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mye wrote:

    February 23, 2021 - Blinded, and initial whiff of smoke, green pepper, mushroom, and tea. Some mellow dark fruit notes, with pepper, and cocoa powder. Complex, delicious. wow. I was pretty sure it was a mid 2000s Loire Cab Franc. Nope. 30 years off. Dang. Lovely lovely stuff.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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    Cellar Journal – Bordeaux to Start… (Jul 2018), 7/18/2018 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2016, Issue #64, Comparing the 1981 Claret Vintage at Age Thirty-Five And the 1986 Bordeaux Vintage At Age Thirty

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  • By Ian D'Agata
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1981
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Gruaud Larose
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Code 087000336810

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 482 (59%)
  • Consumed 337 (41%)

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