Red

1978 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 1993 - 2009 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 72

  • Wine MOB Likes this wine: 88 points

    December 26, 2021 - The recent tasting notes are spot on with character of this wine, but I can’t give it such haughty numbers. Highly evolved, and the color of a flat cola. Impressive flavors abound with green bell pepper and jalapeño, peppercorn, tobacco leaf orange peel, fruitcake all very present. I cannot see this going much longer.

    PS - showing better than 1978 Mouton!!!

  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    November 22, 2021 - 4 Rosé Unicorns & 6 Mature Bordeauxs: Five red Bordeauxs from 1978 to 1998 + one Sauternes 2001. All tasted double blind. Winner - by a margin - was the L’Evangile 1982 (98 pts). Best bottle so far, this showed a lot of intensity and substance combined with a perfect precision. The Pichon Baron 1989 is a quintessential Pauillac in its prime. The complete package. Complex, precise, super harmonious. The Pontet Canet 1996 (95 pts) showed surprisingly layered and seductive. The 1998 Ducru Beaucaillou (94 pts) showed the typical earthy, mineral and herbal profile but had some alcohol notes and showed overall more modern and ripe than today’s DBs. The Gruaud Larose 1978 (92 pts) had a nice fruit core with lots of tertiary aromas wrapped around it but compared to the others was lacking definition and complexity. The Dosiy Daene 2001 (96 pts) is another stunning 2001 Sauternes with a perfect balance of sweetness and freshness.

    TN: We discussed a possible cork taint but in the end this was just some murky cellar stink which needed time to blow of. This was quite good with more fruit than I would have expected, nice tertiary notes, some burnt sugar notes, a bit of minerality. Not super clean, not super precise but quite fun to drink. Melted tannin structure, high and well-integrated acidity, ok-ish tension, light and airy texture and good length. Good but not great and no comparison to the legendary 1982.

    Decanting: No extensive decanting necessary.

    Glass: Conterno Sensory

  • 559Cheers Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 7, 2021 - Holding well, even the notes of bell pepper (green) accents it to the positive. Tertiary, aged, meaty Left Bank. Viscosity nice, great bottle!
    *3rd night bell pepper has become the dominant flavor. Green peppers and jalapeños on the palette.

  • sirpat00 wrote: 93 points

    October 30, 2021 - Part of a small Bordeaux 20+ years of age line-up. The Gruaud Larose 78 needed some dusting off initially to get rid of the cellar must. The nose was fine and elegant, with limited intensity, and dominated by aging notes with lots of leather and barnyard. But I also found roses, rather red type of berries and some black tea. On the palate surprisingly fruity, catching you off guard with plenty of red berries, even if again more restrained than expressive. A really solid performance. Not as spectacular as the 1982 I had earlier this year, but evidence of how well these older Gruaud Larose vintages are drinking now is definitely mounting…

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  • mye wrote:

    August 6, 2021 - The reason we got together.. always a pleasure to drink a birth year wine for someone, for their birthday. Sweet red fruit, earth, leather, cordier smokiness. Lovely btl holding on to good shape.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1978
  • 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

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  • In Cellars 291 (55%)
  • Consumed 240 (45%)

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