1986 Chateau Gruaud Larose 
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
WB Rating: 93

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $32.00 (Library wine)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Bordeaux blend

This was opened with some hesitation since '86 was reputedly a year producing very tannic and long-lived wines. But it was drinking perfectly. Brilliant crimson/purple color. Intriguing, complex nose with the quinitessential Bordeaux cassis, but with added notes of extremely ripe, nearly prune-like fruit. Wonderful, perfectly balanced mouth feel that continued through a full mid-range to a lingering finish that was almost sweet from the ripeness of the fruit. First-growth quality wine! - HK 2000-12-31


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