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Château Gruaud Larose

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2018 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 94

Fleshy, juicy and creamy, this wine is bright, lifted, sweet and crisp. The Cabernet Sauvignon is accompanied by tobacco, cigar box, cedar and blackberries and there is a nice crunch to the earthy red fruits in the finish. Give this time in the cellar -- at least 7-8 years -- and it will come together nicely. This is the best vintage for Gruaud Larose in years! The wine was made from blending 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.2% alcohol. Picking took place September 20-October 10. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 91

With a shot of espresso, you'll find tobacco, forest leaf, bright cassis and crunchy tannins. The wine is medium bodied with a strong leaning toward the fresh side of the red fruit range. Give it a few years to compose itself and it will come together.

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2016 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 92

Medium/full-bodied, with a leafy, herbal edge and a touch of spice and smoke to the right red fruits, give this at least a decade in the cellar before pulling a cork.

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The tobacco, espresso and dark cassis nose hits the spot. Medium/full bodied with soft, polished regal textures and a bright, dark red berry, cedar and tobacco finish, this should really hit the spot in 12-15 years or so.

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Cassis, tobacco and espresso with a good hit of cedar to arouse the olfactory system. A fresh, red berry side of the style range, there is a softness to the tannins that brings out the best in the crunchy currants and blackberry fruits in the finish. This will require time in the bottle to come around. Good girls don’t come easy. I mean good things take time.

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2015 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 92

Medium/full bodied, elegant, fresh, tobacco and cedar tinged, the ripe, dark red fruits are forward. The tannins have a softness, making the wine seem already approachable. But patience will be rewarded, as time will add complexities and nuances to the wine. Give it at least another decade or longer before popping a cork. The wine was made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Cabernet.

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Concentration, length, ripe dark fruits and the added nuances of wet earth, forest floor, tobacco, ash, herbs, espresso and cassis. The wine is full bodied with ripe tannins, fresh, juicy, not quite crunchy fruit and loads of blackberries in the finish. This is the best Gruaud Larose in years.

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With a medium body and on the bright, red berry side of the style range with cedar and cigar box notes adding complexity, there is a freshness to the fruit, but it is on the lighter side for the vintage. 90 - 92 Pts

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2014 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 91

Sleeping, but with coaxing you find cedar, pepper, cassis and earthy cherries, the wine is classic in nature, with firm tannins and ageworthy red fruits.. The wine was made from 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

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Medium bodied, earthy, cranberry, blackberry in character, this is a classic style of Bordeaux, with a lot of freshness, tobacco and cedar in its personality.

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With a medium body and soft tannins, this wine is fresh, earthy and laced with crisp, crunch of fresh red and black fruits. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 88

This blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc produced a medium bodied, red fruit, dominated wine with dusty tannins. Forward in style, the finish mixes sweet and tart, spicy, earthy, red berries.

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With medium body, this earthy wine is brimming with red berry character and finishes with dusty tannins and spice. The wine was made from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 88-89 Pts

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2012 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 88

This did not develop as well as I had hoped, medium bodied and showing some dryness in the red fruit dominated finish, there is an herbal, olive element in the red fruit filled finish that is discerned as well.

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Medium bodied, filled with fresh, bright cassis and blackberries, this is a classic vintage for Gruaud Larose. The wine was produced from a blend of 66.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6.5% Petit Verdot and reached 13.46% alcohol. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 89

Medium bodied and a little short, but the earthy black and red fruits and soft and clean. The wine finishes with tobacco, herbs, cassis and blackberry. The wine was made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.

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Medium/full-bodied, with crisp, fresh cassis, earth, spice and gravel, the wine ends with a tannic crème de cassis finish that requires age to develop. Produced from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc . 91-92 Pts

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2010 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 92

Tannic, structured, long, concentrated with cassis, black raspberry, stone, tobacco and spice, this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot needs at least a decade, and probably longer before it’s fun to drink.

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Gruaud Larose With yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare, the property produced a wine blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.8% alcohol in 2010, which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Ruby colored, with scents of cassis, oak and gravel, this full bodied, brawny, beefy, traditional and tannic wine has some dryness in the finish. 91-93 Pts

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2009 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 91

The sweet, earthy red fruits are accompanied by cedar, tobacco leaf and minty notes. Spicy, medium-bodied and still young, the interesting minty fresh nuance is also found in the red fruit filled finish.

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Cedar wood, cassis, earth and mineral notes create the perfume This blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot is powerful, concentrated and tannic. Produced in a more traditional Bordeaux style, the wine lacks the opulent nature of the vintage and will require more time than many wines from the same vintage to develop.

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2009 Gruaud Larose is deep ruby. Cassis, coffee, and earthy aromas are easy to detect. This full bodied, structured wine ends with a sweet black raspberry finish. It is the best wine from the property since the 2000. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. 92-93 Pts

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2008 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 90

Showing a lightness of color, the wine offers sweet tobacco, red fruits, herbs, leaf, spice, barnyard, earth and pepper. Medium bodied, fresh, light, soft, with clean, red cherry and cassis finish. The wine was made blending 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

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With tobacco, smoke, cassis, licorice and spice aromatics, this polished style of St. Julien lacks the concentration found in the best years of Gruaud Larose. There is a minor hint of green flavors found in the cassis filled finish. From a blend of a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, for Gruaud Larose, this will drink well young.

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Earth, cassis, truffle and cedar aromas lead into a full boded, beefy, cassis and black cherry filled wine.

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2007 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 85

Medium bodied, with a strong, earthy, barnyard note that would be more at home in Chateauneuf du Pape, than in Bordeaux, you also find notes of tobacco and forest aromatics and some red fruits, this is ready to drink as most of the tannins are long gone. The lean finish is a bit clipped, so this is probably better suited for near term drinking, than for any further development.

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2006 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 88

Firm, structured, medium bodied, tannic and traditional, with a focus on crisp, red berries, earth and tobacco, the wine needs time to soften and come together.

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2005 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 90

Medium bodied, bright and fresh, with a lean to the red fruit side of the style range, the wine is better on the nose than the palate, finishing with crisp, crunchy, sweet and tart red fruits. This will develop more secondary aromas, but it's probably going to retain its style.

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A masculine styled wine with a tannic spine. The finish was rustic. In time, a lot of time, this will improve.

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2004 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 88

Better on the nose, with its secondary notes of forest floor, tobacco, cranberry and cassis than on the medium bodied, bright, crunchy red berry dominated palate. The tannins leave you with some dryness in the end notes.

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2003 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 89

Medium/full bodied, and drinking at close to peak today, the wine offers a ripe, berry nose, wet earth, spice, thyme and herbal profile. The tannins are round and soft, leaving with an herbal, red berry finish.

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2002 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 87

Medium bodied, with an herbal quality to the tobacco and blackberry fruit in the nose, the wine has a light rustic, sandy quality to the tannins in the crisp, red plum and earthy finish.

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2001 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 90

Like many 2001 Bordeaux wines, this is on the evolutionary fast track. Tobacco leaf, smoke, creme de cassis, mushroom and spice box aromas work well with the medium/full bodied, gentle textures. Lacking the depth and concentration of the better vintages, this Gruaud Larose is already drinking well.

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2000 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 93

This is developing quite nicely. The tobacco, cassis, herb and spicy cassis nose pairs perfectly with the classically styled, full bodied character, leaving with a blend of cassis, blackberry, earth and a touch of green tapanade in the finish. While this is nice now, it should get even better with a few more years in the bottle.

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Still my favorite vintage of Gruaud Larose after the stunning 1982 and 1986, the fruit is ripe, concentrated and refined delivering a rich, mouthful of fresh, sweet berries with every taste. Clearly, this is structured to age for decades. While young, the fruit is of good quality making this fun to drink today, if you enjoy youthful, primary wines. If you prefer more secondary characteristics, give it another 5-7 years of age before popping a cork.

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Deep in color, it looks like a 5 year old wine. In the perfume, chocolate, cassis, earth, tobacco and cedar wood. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and filled with lush, ripe, blackberry and cassis. Still young, tannic and tight, more bottle age will add to the wines development.

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Animal scents, earth, tobacco, smoke and cassis lead to a full bodied, concentrated, youthful wine that wants a few more years in the cellar before its ready for consumption.

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Forward in style, this full-bodied St. Julien wine is filled with cassis, earth, tobacco, herbs, stone and cigar box aromas. There is still some masculine tannins to resolve. For Gruaud Larose, this is drinking surprisingly well at such a young age.

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An earthy nose with black fruit, spice and wood startted things off. The wine is big, intense and concentrated, but the finish was short. I've had other bottles show much better.

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1999 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 88

Fully mature, this medium bodied, cassis, earth and tobacco filled wine ends with a short, cranberry, spice and cassis finish.

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1998 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 89

This medium/full-bodied, classic charmer is ready, willing and able to deliver its cassis, blackberry, earth, tobacco leaf, and herb filled contents with about 1 hour of decanting.

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1996 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 85

1996 Gruaud Larose opened with barnyard, tobacco, earth and unclean aromas. Medium to full bodied with a lean, rustic personality and an earthy, cassis flavored finish, this is not a success for a vintage where so many great wines were produced in the Medoc. I do not see this wine improving with age.

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1995 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 88

Light, with rustic tannins and hint of tartness in the berries, the nose, with its tobacco, earth, cassis and barnyard aromatics is fine. But the fruit is losing the race with the tannins on the palate and in the finish. Time will probably not improve this wine. At 19 years of age, it is, what it is.

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1990 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 92

Fully mature, this is ready to go. The wine is medium bodied, most of the tannins have melted away. Better on the cedar, tobacco, cherry and leafy nose, than on the soft, smooth, mature palate. The wine is fine, but it lacks the weight, density and complexity found in previous vintages like 1986 and 1982.

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Some wines are better on the nose, while others are better on palate. Clearly this was better in the nose with its tobacco, cedar, earth, cassis, cigar box and blackberry scented perfume. On the palate, the wine was soft and refined, as well as surprisingly developed. I try to finish all my remaining bottles over the next 3-5 years, before more of the fruit begins to drop.

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This is my third bottle in three months. The wine has shown consistently to be forward in style. Smoke, cassis, forest floor, blackberry and earthy scents produce the perfume. Soft and round in texture, the wine ends with cassis, licorice and spicy flavors. There is no tannin left to resolve. This is fully mature. In a blind tasting, it looks and tastes as if it were at least 10 years older than it is. While there is probably no hurry to drink this up, there is no reason to wait. I want to finish my remaining bottles over the next 5 years before the wine begins to slowly decline.

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Developing faster than anticipated for a Gruaud Larose of that era, (1982 and 1986 are both young) the wine offers tobacco, forest floor, barnyard, cassis, herb and dark berry aromas. With a roasted fruit quality and ripe tannins, the concentrated wine feels round in the mouth. There is no hurry to drink it, but as it's close to mature, this is a good time to start opening the wine.

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Interestingly, this is one of the few modern Bordeaux wines that was produced from all 5 varietals. Earth, truffle, smoke, tobacco, fig, plum and cassis scents make up the perfume. Full bodied and filled with ripe, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, this powerful Bordeaux still tastes young. The wine finishes with spicy cassis and earthy flavors. This will be a very long lived wine.

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Layers of dense, ripe fruit. More rustic than Leoville La Cases with a complex barnyard component. More power than elegance, and a lot of fun to drink.

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Aromas of wet forest, licorice, coffee, red and black fruit fill the glass. This is a very thick, chewy, extracted, full-bodied wine with depth and complexity. The long finish is a pleasure. I would not be surprised to see this wine drinking well at 40-50 years of age.

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1989 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 89

Barnyard notes with herbs and some fruit. Light for Gruaud. Not a bad wine. But, there was nothing to like about it either.

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1988 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 89

Better on the earthy, tobacco leaf, cedar, leafy, cigar box and red berry nose than on the herbal, peppery, medium/full-bodied, strict, sharp, crisp, crunchy, cranberry and cassis palate. This will probably score higher for those that prefer, old-school Bordeaux.

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1986 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 96

Just a beauty. This was the best showing yet for this wine. Decanted about 90 minutes, the glorious nose with its cedar, cherry pipe tobacco, cigar wrapper, sweet red fruit and wet earth scents hit all the right notes. Full-bodied, concentrated and showing none of the harshness or typical austerity of the vintage, the wine tasted and felt great with its muscular, refined character. We took about 2 hours to finish the bottle and it was a stunner from start to finish. If you have a bottle, give it some air and let it rip!

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4 hours in the decanter helped bring this often, tannic beast into the zone. With notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, forest leaf, smoke and cassis, the wine offered power, structure, depth of flavor and a full-bodied blast of dark red, chewy fruits that hung in there. This is a super example of classic Bordeaux that is a pleasure to drink. You can easily hold this for 20 more years or pop a cork tonight.

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Tobacco leaf, cigar wrapper, red fruits and forest notes create the nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and loaded with layers of ripe, earthy, tobacco-stained fruits with a hint of green. The tannins remain firm, but they are fading, leaving with you a ripe, crisp, red berry finish. Decanting of at least 1 hour helps the wine preform at its best.

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With 2 hours of air, this was stellar. The nose, with its strong aromas of cedar, cigar box, tobacco and cassis lets you know you're in the Left Bank. Full bodied, concentrated, with a boatload of juicy cassis on the palate, there is a touch of dryness in the endnote, typical of 1986, but it does not overwhelm the qualities in the rest of the experience. There is no hurry to drink this, as I imagine it will be providing pleasure for at least another 20-30 more years, of well stored.

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If the aromas of a cigar store, cedar closets and cassis, a mouthful of ripe, fresh blackberries, concentration of flavor and intensity, with regal, elegant, masculine textures and a long, smoky, spice filled, currant finish is a turn on, you came to the right place. Avoiding the extreme tannic character of the vintage, 2 hours of decanting was just right. The wine improved in the glass until we reached the last drop. This is so easy to drink, we finished the bottle far too quickly.

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Deep ruby in color, which is amazing considering this Bordeaux wine is 25 years old. A complex nose filled stuffed with tobacco, forest floor, blackberry, mineral, barnyard, smoke, mushroom and earthy aromas. Big, powerful, tannic and mouth filling, the wine is packed with ripe, crunchy Cabernet Sauvignon. Still young, with tannin to resolve, this outstanding Gruaud Larose could be a 100 year wine!

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The tannins are not rustic, but they remain firm. The wine is worth waiting for as it's filled with cassis, tobacco, forest and spice aromatics. This concentrated, mouthfulling wine has a great future to look forward to for consumers with patience and a taste for well made, old school wines.

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Huge layers of concentrated fruit, spice and tannin are in abundance. This full bodied, large scaled wine is classic and classy. Needs time.

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1985 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 91

Fully mature, the seductive nose offers hints of truffle, tobacco, spice box, licorice, blackberry, cedar wood and smoke. Smooth and round with a little dust in the tannins, the wine ends with a sweet and sour cherry finish.

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1982 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 98

In serious competition for one of the best bottles of 82 Gruaud Larose I have ever had, this is a beauty. Clean on the nose, with its blend of cedar, tobacco leaf, cigar box, smoke, cassis, wet earth and leafy green herbs with a generous blast of red fruits, the wine wants to get noticed. Still looking and feeling young for its age, the wine is full-bodied, rich, powerful and wildly regal. The finish fills your mouth with layers of sweet, ripe earthy red fruits, wet earth and tobacco. This is really in the zone, and while not inexpensive, for a 1982 Bordeaux at this level, it is a deal!

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This is one of the most consistent wines of the vintage, the vast majority of times I've tasted this wine, it has been stunning. And this bottle was no exception! The wine is deep, concentrated and packed with ripe, powerful fruit and all the cigars you can smoke for a year. Dense, long and with the potential to age for decades, while not inexpensive, to taste a sublime Bordeaux of this quality and age, it is worth the bank.

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Remarkably consistent, the wine packs a lot of character into every sniff, sip and swallow. Full bodied, deep, long and concentrated, there is so much character and complexity going on here, it's hard not to fill your glass a second time.

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Full bodied, dense and offering a barnyard, animalistic, cigar box, tobacco and cherry nose, it’s special as soon as it hits your glass. Big, powerful, dense, yet refined and regal, this really makes an impression that sticks on your palate and memory. The wine improves in the glass. As evidenced by this note, this is a very good wine, but I’ve tasted even better bottles over the years.

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The first 20 minutes in the glass reminded my nose of what it would be liked to be trapped in a filthy barn, with sweaty horses and a cow or two. But within 30 minutes that cleared up and cedar, tobacco, cassis, forest floor and blackberry notes were all over the place. Full bodied, mouth filling, rich and fresh, with ripe tannins and length, I loved every sip.

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The old adage about no great wines, just great bottles came true for this one... A good bottle, but not great. Still, the earthy, cassis, cedar, cigar box and barnyard scents were evident. The palate was more rustic than usual, with its sweet and tart, cassis character. Oh well, fortunately, there is always another bottle.

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Wow! The finish remains for close to 60 seconds showing off all its earthy, dense, chewy, intensity. The wealth of fruit is rustic in all the right ways and places. Young, yet delivering more than enough of its best qualities, you can drink now, or wait a decade or two. Has Gruaud Larose even made a better wine than they did in 1982?

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I am never bored drinking this beauty. With its soft ripe tannins, tobacco, cassis, black cherry, mint and cigar box nose, long, lingering finish and layers of complexity that keep you looking for more, and finiding it too, this is a winner.

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If there is a better high quality 1982 Bordeaux for less money, buy it. Take it from me, you can look as much as you like, but you are not going to find an other wine at this price and quality from 1982. This stellar wine serves up so much ripe fruit, with great character, length and style, if you do not know the wine, you need to taste it.

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Smoke and tobacco, green peppercorn, forest floor and cassis create the aromatic profile. Powerful, concentrated and packed with flavor, the long, expressive finish delivers a mineral driven, fresh cassis filled personality.

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I cannot think of a more consistent, better wine to show someone why 1982 is considered a great vintage. Time and time again, this stunning wine screams with its powerful aromatics coupled with its intensely concentrated layers of fruit. Drink this today, or age it 30 more years and for your kids. For the money, there is no better 1982 to buy than this wine!

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WOW! If I could post a one word tasting note, perhaps wow would say it all. But there is a lot more to the wine that. Deep, powerful, intense and filled with multiple layers of perfectly ripe, silky textured berries, the finish must last close to 50 seconds! Still young, you can enjoy this thrilling wine today, or age it for another 20-30 or more years. In a blind tasting of 1982 Bordeaux, this could surely be placed next to any of the more exalted and expensive names and depending on the bottle, could come out on top.

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Serious Bordeaux lovers, with extra income cannot own enough of this stunning gem! I taste them several times a year and it is never disappointing. Packed with earth, barnyard, cigar wrapper, ash, blackberry and cedar wood, the wine keeps getting better year after year. If the purpose of tasting notes is to let others know which wines to buy as well as avoid, 1982 Gruaud Larose is the 1982 to buy.

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This is the Left Bank wine to buy. In fact, it's the vintage of Gruaud Larose to buy as well! It continues to improve with every passing year. It has everything you could ask for in a Bordeaux wine. It’s packed with truffles, cigar box, smoke, leather, gravel, cassis, black cherry and forest floor scents. Everything is in perfect balance with the perfect amount of ripe fruit, tannin and acidity that is only made better by the intense, expansive, long, mouth filling finish.

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With attention grabbing aromatics filled with smoke, truffle, tobacco, cassis, cedar chest and wet earth, the wine gets you going. Full bodied, powerful and filled with layers of concentrated, ripe, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine finishes with lush, black cherries.

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1982 Gruaud Larose should be the 61 in the making. This wine was great ten years ago and today, it's better than ever! Powerful spice, truffle, cassis, floral, black cherry, tobacco and cassis aromas wake up your senses. On the palate, this dense, concentrated wine is fresh, round and mouth filling. The long finish ends with spicy, plummy cassis. Still young, this is a serious wine and a contender for the finest wine ever produced from Gruaud Larose. 98 Pts

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This boom, when the wine hit the glass. Aromatic fireworks filled with forest, blackberry, plum, coffee, cassis, earth and toffee notes. Big, dense, very concentrated with ripe fruit. Lots of structure. Still tanninc, needs time.

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This, black fruit and barnyard scented wine stands up shouting and demanding to be noticed. Massive layers of concentrated fruit. Masculine in style. Beefy, big and broad shouldered. What it lacks in elegance and finesse is makes up for personality. If wines were dogs, this would be a Newfoundland. Close to mature, but with a long life ahead. I’m willing to bet this wine continues evolving for at least another 20-30 more years if well stored.

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Deep, dark, ruby tinted, with a serious perfume of cassis, barnyard funk and wet forest notes. This completely coats your palate. Very dense, full bodied with an intense finish that lasts close to 60 seconds. First growth quality with decades of life remaining.

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Smokey, burnt wood, cassis, barn yard and licorice tones were easily discerned. It’s packed and stacked with large doses of ripe, juicy Cabernet fruit. Very thick, dense and concentrated. Needs time to soften and come together.

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1981 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 85

The finish was very short and the mid palate was not any better. Some light fruit with tart qualities were in the finish.

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1975 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 84

Rustic in style and still tannic, the wine feels hard on the palate. With it's old school style and tobacco, earth, herb and cassis aromas, it might be fun for lovers of this style to drink. But I found little pleasure in drinking it.

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1962 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 80

Over the hill was probably about 10 years ago. The wine has taken on a maderized character. There is still some remaining essence of what it used to be, but you have to be quite open and forgiving to look for it.

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1961 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 97

It is hard to find a better non First Growth from 1961 than this. And if you do, let me know, as I want to try it too! This has everything needed in a great fully mature Left Bank wine. Powerful, regal, a bit stern and structured, with layers of elegant fruit, cedar, tobacco, cigar box and earthy nuances. There is length and complexity galore here. What a fabulous wine!

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First Growth in quality, this has been a consistent winner for decades. It is the quintessential example of what aged, Left Bank Bordeaux is all about. It is full bodied, deep, concentrated and long. Stylistically, it offers a gentleman's, refined austerity, with fresh, bright, ripe berries and all the smells of a great cigar store! I've had better bottles, and this was quite strong.

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This remains the best buy of a stellar wine from the legendary 1961 Bordeaux vintage. The tobacco, earth, cedar, lead pencil and cherry aromas in the nose are striking. Full bodied, concentrated and long, the finish, with all its fruit, tannins and acidity are still serving up a delicious mouthful of aged Claret.

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I've been fortunate to have enjoyed this sublime wine at least a dozen times over the years. With 50 year old wines, bottle variation comes into play. This was a very good, but not ethereal experience. The nose offered truffle, tobacco, cedar chest, citrus rind, spice, black cherry and cigar box aromas. This particular bottle did not offer the same level of concentration or intensity found in the best examples, but there was enough ripe, soft, polished, spicy, soft, dark red berries to keep me focused on the wine and asking for more, once my first glass was finished.

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Cedar wood, lead pencil, stone, wet earth, spice, cassis, tobacco ash and smoke aromas are a treat for the senses. At 50 years of age, this St. Julien is still fresh, clean and filled with layers of soft, round fruit that ends with a long, sweet, earth and cherry finish.

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1961 Gruaud Larose can be a drop dread stunning wine with voluptuous charm. Sadly, not on this occasion. Great aromatics were easy to find in the melange of truffle, earth, smoke, tobacco, cassis and hot bricks. With elegant textures and charm, thus bottle offered pleasure, But it did not offer the same level of concentration, freshness or opulent textures experienced in the best bottles. Once again, this bottle proved the old axiom remains true, after 20 years of age, there is no such thing as a great wine, only great bottles. 93 Pts

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This asks you to call George Orwell, because the aromatics say, “Animal Farm”. After the barnyard aromas simmer down, tobacco, dark berry, spice, earth and cedar fill up the perfume. The wine is concentrated, rich, elegant, fresh and long.

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Perfume shot from the glass like a rocket. Truffles, spice, Cuban cigar, ripe dark cherry, earth and forest scents were all over the place and in your face. Silky like a Pomerol, coupled with the powerful, athletic body of a Medoc, this wine is everything a mature Claret is supposed to be!

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1959 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 93

With a truffle, earth, cedar chest, cigar box and a basket of fresh picked cherries, with a handful of earth, you could recreate the beautiful perfume. While I've tasted better bottles of this wine, the sweet, fruits, silky textures and long finish were a beautiful treat to taste.

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This was my experience with the 1959 Gruaud Larose. I hope it won't be my last. Intoxicating aromas of earth, tar, leather, smoke, flowers, cigar box, cassis and tobacco fill the air. Big, rich and concentrated, with supple, opulent textures, this sublime wine ends with a long, pure, sweet cherry filled finish.

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1955 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 92

With that beautiful, complex set of aromas that only comes from fully mature wines; wet earth, cherries, forest floor, tobacco, spice, stone and smoke grab your focus. The wine is soft, with the silky patina of age, finishing with sweet, smoky cherries. There is no reason to wait any longer, if you have a bottle, open it.

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1953 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 90

Living on borrowed time, I would not hold it any longer. I'd drink it to grab the last of its ripe, soft, truffle infused cherries, tobacco, earth, plum and cigar box character. Nothing lives forever..

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1945 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 90

Hanging on to life buy a slim thread, there was more to like with the smoky, earthy, animalistic, spicy, cigar box nose, than on the full bodied, but sweet and tart, red berry and spice palate. Clearly fading, this needs to be consumed, if you are of course lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar.

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1934 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 55

From an original bottle with the original cork and a good full, this bottle was in serious decline with VA to boot. Other bottles could be better. Approach buying this wine with caution.

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1928 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 95

I suppose this is what to expect from the 1986, when it hits 90 years of age. The sensuous, full bodied, silky, patina of age is all over the cassis, tobacco, spice and earthy charms. The nose, with its cigar store essence and the finish that tasted as good as it felt was a real turn on. Why can't they make wines like this at Gruaud Larose any more?

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Sadly, this specific bottle was in the fading stage of life. The nose was much better than the palate with its complex array of secondary notes. The finish was all about the sweet and tart red fruits, but there was a bit more tart than sweet. Because 1928 and Gruaud Larose from that time period have a great track record for aging, I imagine other bottles could provide a better tasting experience.

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1918 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 93

It is hard to believe that this wine is not only 100 years of age, but the product of a less than average. Yet, the proof is in the bottle, and this bottle rocked! The red fruits had life, perfectly blending in with the patina of age that brings tobacco leaf, wet forest, cedar, lead pencil, smoke and earthy nuances. The earthy finish served with bright, crisp, red fruits, herbs and tobacco.

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1916 Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien) 75

My first time tasting any wine from this elusive, pre, World War 1 vintage. The color of tea, with tobacco, earth, cigar ash and truffles cents lead to a light, lean, but still alive wine with a whisper of cherry in the finish.

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