Red

1989 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 260

  • Papies wrote: 93 points

    September 26, 2020 - This is a wine we have had few times over the last 9 years and we have to say we have had very mixed results. From the 95 back in 2011 to the 88 a year ago all the way to the 93 on this occasion. As great and consistent are the Cordier wines ( GL and Talbot) of 82,83,85,86 so variable is the 89s!
    This though was a real joy and frankly we thought originally it was a 98 ! This is bright and still very energetic, well matured and earthy of course, textbook classic well aged Bordeaux and put a huge smile on our face. 93 this time round

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  • NewFrenchClaret Likes this wine: 91 points

    June 12, 2020 - Decanted for about an hour. Complex smoky, minty nose with echos of black fruit and leather. Plenty of body, rolls around the mouth with a pleasing intensity. Moderate finish.

    Gruaud is always a confusing wine to me. Every descriptor I find for it is positive, but the wine never thrills me. It often somehow seems like the smell and the taste come from two different wines; like it has an identity crisis.

    Day 2 suggests this wine has plenty of time left. Good color as well, so no rush.

  • jenmermaidia Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 29, 2020 - If we had tasted blind I think we would have guessed a younger wine. Color and structure still youthful although drinking very nicely right now. Typical aromas and flavors of black currents, dark berries, mineral, herbal, pencil, tobacco. At first a touch of bitterness on the finish but it dissipated after a few hours of air. Also a bit of acid zing on the finish. I would have liked to give this a longer decant—it had 2-3 hrs—5 or 6 might have been better. Surprisingly, everyone preferred the 1989 Talbot.

  • rocknroller wrote: 95 points

    May 10, 2020 - Very dark red/purple color, barely a 5mm tranisitional margin. PNP with a splash decant. Drank 2 glasses over 2 hours. This certainly belies its age again, showing little visual evidence of its journey so far. Though clearly it is open and ready for exploration. The nose starts off with saddle leather, tons of pencil lead, a perfume of cassis and violtes; earthy with a sublte wisp of funk, and more of the dried herbs and florals in the upper registry. The palate is full bodied, dark fruits, cassis, black cherry, pencil, earth, lots of saddle leather, satiny texture and medium grained tannins that suggest this has a healthy life ahead of it. This drinking very well, but I still think there are even better days ahead. Drink or hold. 94+ to 95pts.

  • WinoRick Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 24, 2020 - Deep garnet with very little browning. Coming together after 30+ years. Youthful, with all the Gruaud Larose usual tannin disolved. Best yet of bottles purchased upon release (@ $32.08). Long, long life ahead.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/11/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Tasted in a flight with the '82 and '86 Gruaud Larose: dark red violet; big cassis and oak nose; youthful and luxurious cassis and tart red fruit, cherry palate with leather edges; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/22/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Château Gruaud Larose) Herbal, piney, tobacco nose; mature tobacco and tart black fruit palate with olive edges; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • 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 071570013721, 087000307650, 087000308947, 087000336810, 3511068945242

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 50 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,789 (61%)
  • Consumed 1,731 (38%)

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Community Recommendations

Burgers and dogs, filet mignonette., flank steak, Roast duck

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