Red

1986 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 523

  • bobvictor Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 6, 2019 - Drinking superbly. At peak and will continue to delight as it continues to age

  • nick.whit wrote: flawed

    August 17, 2019 - Corked.

  • JJYoyo Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 12, 2019 - Very different from a prior bottle, bought at same time and kept under identical circumstances. This one had a lot of earthy funk, blue and blackberry, much less resolved tannin, stronger minerality. The nose had bracing scent of loose dry dust to it. This seemed less promising than the earlier bottle. Don’t know what to tell you, there seems to be bottle variation.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Milos Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 19, 2019 - Still a great wine! Starting to show some age on the brim. Dark red fruit, raspberry and cranberry. Focused on the palate. Just past the fruit stage with some secondary flavours showing up. Beautiful now but no need to rush.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Hawkeyes99 Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 6, 2019 - Head and shoulders above the last bottle. Absolutely gorgeous. Silky tannins with cigar box and saddle leather. In its peak. No reason to let the other bottle sit but very happy how much this improved over the first bottle.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    1986 & 1988 St-Julien, 5/1/2019 (link)

    (Château Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson
    7/2/2016 (link)

    (Ch Gruaud Larose St-julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    February 2013 (link)

    (Chateau Gruaud Larose Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/4/2010 (link)

    (Ch Gruaud Larose St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Bordeaux Horizontals, 5/11/2009

    (Gruaud Larose) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/28/2011 (link) 89 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Group's #4 (my #3) – 26 pts.; 1, 0, 2, 1 - bricking medium dark red violet color; maturing, tart black fruit, tobacco, leather nose; mature, tart black fruit, tobacco, charcoal palate with a trace of pepper; medium-plus finish (this bottle was showing its age much more than prior bottles I've tried)

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/28/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Dark red violet color; tobacco, tart black fruit nose; tasty, tart black fruit, tobacco, mineral palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (a second bottle was corked)

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/11/2008 (link) 95 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Tasted in a flight with the '82 and '89 Gruaud Larose, and this one had a slight edge over those vintages: dark red violet; tobacco and tart cassis nose; good, focused tart cassis, tobacco and iron palate with much smoother tannins than anticipated; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • 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 Codes 087000306547, 087000307650, 087000308947, 087000331891, 087000336810

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 56 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,179 (66%)
  • Consumed 2,668 (34%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

duck, Duck i vin Santo sauce, filet mignon, lamb, mature cheese, rib filet steak, roast tenderloin

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99% Like It  118 votes

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