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Gruaud Larose 1998

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1 x 75 cl 1998 FRANCE 3-6 weeks arrival

Château Haut-Bages Libéral:
When the Chateau came on the market in 1982, the great names of the Medoc region fought to buy it. The owners of Chasse Spleen were to become the proud owners. Their first vintage was a success, in no way hindered by the fact that 1982 was an exceptional year for Medoc wines. Since then, the quality of the work carried out by the wining team has not slackened and the wine they produce is becomi... Read more
When the Chateau came on the market in 1982, the great names of the Medoc region fought to buy it. The owners of Chasse Spleen were to become the proud owners. Their first vintage was a success, in no way hindered by the fact that 1982 was an exceptional year for Medoc wines. Since then, the quality of the work carried out by the wining team has not slackened and the wine they produce is becoming more and more popular with journalists and professionals of the wine world. Read less

External Reviews for Gruaud Larose

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Typical of most of the Cordier wines in 1987, this is a surprisingly muscular, robust, chunky wine, with plenty of concentrated, weedy, cassis fruit hiding under a veneer of hard tannins. Medium to full-bodied, intense, and powerful, this is another potential wine for parents who have children born in 1987 to consider purchasing. Anticipated maturity: 1994-2005.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

Very plummy with berry currant and stone aromas. Medium-bodied with berry and slightly herbal flavors. Medium finish. A bit tough. Best after 2006. 20 830 cases made. (JS) Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Harmonious, but lacks a bit of concentration. Pretty, with delicious chocolate and berry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Best after this year.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This tight and powerful red has lots of tannins and fruit concentration. Full-bodied, with lovely violet and berry aromas and flavors. Built for aging. Best after 2002.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This saturated bluish-black/purple-colored wine seems at first closed and broodingly backward. In the mouth, it is dense, textured, full-bodied, pure, yet, at the same time, closed. This wine is large-sized, with high tannin but equally high extract and richness. The wine will require patience, and seems to me to be the best effort Gruaud Larose has put forth since their sumptuous 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A typical wine for the year with its generous ripe fruit and blackberry jelly flavors. There is just a hint of animal on the palate, but it is overwhelmed by the wine's rich texture.


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1 x 75 cl 1998 FRANCE 3-6 weeks arrival

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