February 13, 2021 - One of my old favorites. Decanted 1/2 hour. Crimson with orange around the edge of the glass. Tannin has very much receded. A lot going on on the palate. Red fruit and tobacco with a hint of eucalyptus. Did not detect much on the nose. Sediment present and cork did not present well.
February 3, 2021 - Earth, leather and cedar; earthy blackberry; soft tannin; sweet finish.
January 18, 2021 - Light with light nose; light blackberry; balance; elegant; integrated tannin; supple finish,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 22, 2020 - Dark garnet colored, medium-full bodied, bright tangy lively plum and black currant and black raspberry fruits accented by tones of floral, leather, forest floor, cigar box, tea and hints of cassis and creosote on a lingering floral minty finish of firm, silky-textured, smooth tannins.
March 7, 2020 - Corked. Big time.