The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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Another appellation that lends itself to a more elegant and fruit-driven style of Bordeaux is St. Julien. This is the land of happy Bordeaux, plump and famous for blackberry and black currant fruit in a rather easy drinking style. For that reason, St. Julien has traditionally been a consumer favorite for relatively early consumption, but the best of the appellation can certainly be cellared for decades.

Gruaud-larose is among those best, though in past years it was a very divisive wine. Funky and animal in the past, today’s Gruaud starts out much the same way, slowly and a bit tough for a St. Julien. This second growth wine eventually does reveal all of its richness and earthy fruit with a nice touch of elegance balanced by edge of austerity.

Gruaud-larose $85

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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