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1989 Château Gruaud-Larose

Very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased from a private collector

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Subtle aromas of raspberries and spices. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and long, silky-textured, minty, berry finish. Not the longest-lived Gruaud, but who cares? Very fine.

16Jancis Robinson

Magnum. Dark ruby. Lots of acidity in evidence without that much fruit.Tight and taut.

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.