Chateau Gruaud Larose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1989
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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"Fully mature, the dark garnet-colored 1985 exhibits notes of tapenade, earth, sweet berry and black currant fruit, and possibly a hint of black truffles. The wine is lush, medium to full-bodied, and fleshy, with no hard edges. Sweet fruit, plenty of glycerin, and a very seductive style make for a very sumptuous, complex, fully mature Gruaud-Larose."
The Wine Advocate
"Medium-deep ruby-red, with only a hint of amber at the rim. Straightforward nose offers hints of redcurrant, orange zest, clove and faded flowers, but this is less complex and deep than the 1983 or 1986. The floral quality gains with aeration, becoming fresher and more perfumed. Smooth and suave on entry, with delicate, pure red berry, orange, spice and cedar flavors, then a tad chunky on the back half. This Gruaud seems to lack a little concentration and refinement, but I like its sweetness and fleshy texture. A very good food wine that's drinking beautifully right now and won't gain much by further aging."
International Wine Cellar
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Chevalier de Gruard and Chevalier de La Rose owned this 70 hectare estate in Saint-Julien in the mid 18th century. Their two names were first associated on a label in 1781. Due to inheritance problems, the estate was divided in two until 1935, when Desire Cordier, who had already bought a part in the early 1900s, restored the domain to its original size.
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The smallest of the top four Haut-Medoc communes, St-Julien is directly south of Pauillac. With no first growths to its name, the commune often goes overlooked. But it has 11 excellent second, third and fourth growths, and the highest proportion of classified growths of the top four. It doesn't have the concentration and powerful punch of a...
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Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...
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