Red

1970 Château Gruaud Larose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 53

  • acorelli Likes this wine: 88 points

    August 29, 2020 - Some fruit remains. At opening, seemed overly acidic, but the wine opened up and became better balanced after 20 or 30 minutes. Not wonderful wine, but a wonderful experience.

  • Diogenes Teufelsdröckh Likes this wine: 87 points

    January 31, 2020 - (1/31/20) Ullage 5.5cm below the cork (Cordier bottle). The cork was soaked all the way up but was in good shape and almost came out in one piece.

    The wine was very light garnet through and through. It was light bodied, and the nose, like the palate, was completely tertiary. The tannins were resolved, but the wine was still alive and had a very good vein of acidity running through it, giving it a decent, juicy finish.

    On the second night, it was even better. It was a bit softer; the nose and palate were more open, and there seemed to be some black cherry underneath all the tertiary aromas and flavors.

    This was a birth year wine for me, and all in all, a very enjoyable bottle. I have one more from the same source; 13% abv. (***/15/87)

  • sdr Does not like this wine: 86 points

    November 5, 2019 - Obituary: 1970 Bordeaux: Magnum bottle. I was hoping for something better from this fine second growth St. Julien. Unfortunately this tasting confirmed my previous mediocre experience with it. The average color was actually the best part. Nothing on the nose. Just generic old wine and too acidic, too. No amount of CPR could revive this one.

  • englishman's claret wrote: 91 points

    June 8, 2018 - This boasts a clean blackberry, mineral, saline, oak nose without the funk you might expect from Cordier era Gruaud Larose. The polished palate doesn't pack much of a punch and there is some 1970 angularity, but the oak is so well integrated and this just slips right down. Don't wait.

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  • RockinCabs wrote: 91 points

    June 4, 2018 - Nose: Sweet red/black fruit, minimal cordier funk but a few tobacco notes. Palate: Light in the mouth and delivering broad swath of cherry, blackberry and leather with the patina of age. A bit one note, and clean on the palate for it age. Finish: Tobacco, cedar and smokey red fruit.

    Not thrilling, but a very true to form Gruaud Larose from the 70's. Color was a nice ruby with slight orange at the edges. Perfect with the Morell Risotto and Veal Chop.

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011

    (Gruaud Larose magnum) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, 1970 Claret: Thirty-six Years’ Young

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1970
  • 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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  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 350 (62%)
  • Consumed 212 (38%)

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