1989 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (very high shoulder)
Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the same time. (JS, Web-2010)
Ageing well, showing some iodine notes and meaty fruits. Still a fresh feel to the palate, with truffles, dried herbs, methol. Red fruit on show, finishing very clean. Has an addictive feel. Drink up and enjoy.
Good medium red with a pale amber rim. Spice and floral notes lift delicate red cherry and redcurrant aromas. Bright and juicy on entry, then sweeter and richer in the middle, with chunky red berry and cherry flavors complicated by spices, underbrush and lemon zest. Lively acidity and a saline touch extend the gentle flavors on the moderately tannic finish, but this wine ultimately comes across as a bit lean. I wonder if the grapes weren't harvested too early. This lighter-style Gruaud is drinking well now, and there appears to be little to be gained by holding onto it much longer. (ID)