• WS: 86

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  • WA: 70

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  • ST: 70

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Gruaud Larose 1998

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1 x 75 cl 1998 FRANCE 3-6 weeks arrival

External Reviews for Gruaud Larose

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

(Barrel tasting) This wine is black. Super aromas of licorice and tar, then violets. Full-bodied, with sleek and racy tannins. Very long finish. Best Gruaud ever?


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

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.


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

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.


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

The 1988 Gruaud-Larose is probably a 30-year wine. Surprisingly powerful, rich, concentrated, long, and full bodied for a 1988, and reminiscent of the 1975 only less savage, it appears to be a more complete with than either the 1989 or 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025.


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

Greatest wine from the estate since 1945. Absolutely wonderful aromas of flowers, currants and citrus. Full-bodied, yet very, very refined, with a center core of fruit that tastes like crushed raspberries. It goes on and on across the palate. Best after 2010.


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

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.


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.


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