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Good red-ruby. Redcurrant, leather and game on the expressive if slightly rustic nose. Sweet and concentrated but a bit youthfully aggressive, and not showing the refinement or definition of the 2006. Strong nutty oak component. Finishes with substantial tannins that are a bit richer and more fully buffered by the wine's middle-palate material than those of 2006. It will be interesting to compare these two vintages in ten years or so.
Tasted single blind at Southwold. This is more reticent on the nose that other Saint Julien '05s. Pure blackberry, a touch of cassis, cedar and wild hedgerow. Well defined though. The palate has sappy black fruits, perhaps a little too polished with a supple, sensuous finish with notes of blackberry, plum and a touch of tangerine. Very good length although not as profound as some of its contemporaries. Still, a lovely wine to savour rather than analyze. Drink 2012-2025.
This tastes of great Cabernet Sauvignon, with its black currant, cedar and herbs and fresh, juicy acidity. It is as fresh as it is rich, but it has a structure of dense tannins that balances the wine. This is one of the best wines from Gruaud-Larose for several years.
The 2003 Gruaud Larose's dark plum/garnet color is followed by sweet aromas of damp earth, forest floor, herbs, espresso roast, cassis, licorice, and plums. Medium-bodied as well as surprisingly up-front and precocious, it possesses sweet tannin, very nice concentration, and loads of earthy/herbal characteristics intermixed with black fruits, and an attractive, but supple, evolved finish. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. It does not rank alongside the top St.-Juliens.
Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, sweet tobacco and espresso. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. I like the texture. Best after 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Dark ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose of cassis black cherry coffee cocoa powder leather and game. Denser than the 99 but also juicier and more delineated if less sweet. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins and good grip; lingering notes of chocolate game and leather. Classic Gruaud-Larose. 88-89 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.
Deep ruby. Black fruits espresso violet and licorice on the nose. Reasonably concentrated and not at all hard; flavors build slowly in the mouth. I don t yet get a sense of thorough flavor development-this is rather grapey at the moment-but there good gras and texture. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins that coat most of the palate and good lingering fruit. 87-90 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.
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