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1983 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

SKU #950098 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright medium red with an amber edge. Archetypal mature Gruaud-Larose aromas of truffle, smoked beef, earth, cedar, and tobacco complicate red cherry on the expressive. Fresh and juicy in the mouth, with a graceful quality to the red cherry, spicecake, orange rind and aromatic herb flavors. The finish is bright, long and clean, showing subtle underbrush notes at the back. I have always felt the 1983 Gruaud to be a success but bottles I've had in the past have been marked by gamey, animal aromas and dry, earthy flavors. Not this time: I've never had a better bottle of Gruaud-Larose from this vintage. (ID) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Harvested from 26th September, this is a vintage I have long enjoyed. It has a delectable bouquet of dark red berry fruit, redcurrant and a touch of pomegranate, with subtle notes of cedar, tobacco and a touch of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that lend it very good structure. There is plenty of red fruit to enjoy, crisp acidity and great tension on the finish that admittedly does not possess the extravagance of the 1982. Yet it remains a thoroughly enjoyable Gruaud Larose that will give pleasure for another couple of years. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Solid, intense; roasted coffee and cassis aromas and flavors lead to a lovely ripe fruit finish. Well-built with firm tannins. (JS) Inner quote mark (10/1994)

Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium red with an amber edge. Archetypal mature Gruaud-Larose aromas of truffle, smoked beef, earth, cedar, and tobacco complicate red cherry on the expressive. Fresh and juicy in the mouth, with a graceful quality to the red cherry, spicecake, orange rind and aromatic herb flavors. The finish is bright, long and clean, showing subtle underbrush notes at the back. I have always felt the 1983 Gruaud to be a success but bottles I've had in the past have been marked by gamey, animal aromas and dry, earthy flavors. Not this time: I've never had a better bottle of Gruaud-Larose from this vintage. (ID) Inner quote mark


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