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Château Gruaud Larose Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 1986

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2ème Cru Classé

Editorial Reviews for Château Gruaud Larose Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
3.50 5

Unusually herbaceous nose at first adds lots of leather and scortched earth. Big in the mouth with big structure, good balance but a bit simple, very glossy structure, not much depth, short finish, stilla tough wine and not showing too much the tannins are very drying and the fruit is still lurking but this bottle, while very fresh, lacks depth and richness.

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Snooth User: Evil Homer
5.00 5

15/06/07 This wine was decanted for 2 hours and has an unbelievable nose. It has hints of olive, leather and fruit. Gorgeous deep ruby colour. This wine coats the palate and doesnt let go...wonderfully long finish...at least 45 seconds. This was a truly special wine. 21/07/07 Beautiful nose..hints of pencil shavings, leather and dirt. Coats the palate..wonderfully long finish. This is my 2nd bottle in the last few months...drinking beautifully right now.

Snooth User: annkan
5.00 5

Love this wine.

External Reviews for Château Gruaud Larose Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien

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Source: SoDivin

2me Cru ClassŽ

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Tight, flat, closed nose, with a cedary, tobacco nuance. Firm, dense structure, dusty with tannins. Fruit suppressed but roundness emerges, with a hint of cassis. Should be a big wine.--Gruaud-Larose vertical. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1986 Gruaud Larose 1500ml

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Source: SoDivin

2ème Cru Classé

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There seems to be no doubt about the quality of the 1986 Gruaud-Larose, which in 20 years should rival the extraordinary 1990, 1982, 1961, 1949, and 1928 made at this vast estate. From the first time I tasted this wine in cask, I have thought it to be among the blockbusters of the vintage. It has a black/purple color, mammoth structure, a fabulous wealth of fruit, and a finish that seems to last several minutes. This is indeed first-growth quality, but then, when, in the last decade, has a Gruaud-Larose not matched the quality of the first-growths? Given the enormous structure, impressive concentration, and massive tannins, one must wonder when this wine will be ready to drink. That may preclude a number of consumers from actually deciding to buy it. For many readers, this is probably a wine to lay down for their children, rather than for them to realistically consider drinking in their own lifetimes. Last tasted, 7/97

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