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1986 Château Gruaud-Larose

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; mid shoulder fill; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

... The wine still has mammoth structure, tremendous reserves of fruit and concentration, and a finish that lasts close to a minute. The wine is massive, very impressively constituted... (Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, Jan. 2003)

17.5Jancis Robinson

One of the stars of the vintage showed good, long-term form. Dense and classic and rather dry on the finish. Super fresh and refreshing.

****Decanter Magazine (stars)

Lean, elegant cedar and cassis aromas. Quite rich and austere.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Julien

Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four main Médoc appellations with 2,175 acres of vineyards. It is just south of Pauillac on the left bank of the Gironde, and although it has no First Growth châteaux, its 11 Classified Growth estates are widely admired. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that winemaking in Saint-Julien from all classifications “is consistently both distinctive and brilliant.” He adds it is Médoc’s “most underrated commune.” The best-known estates are Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton and Gruaud Larose, and most of those have riverside estates. The soil in this appellation is gravelly with clay. Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape grown, and it is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and sometimes small amounts of Petit Verdot.