Château Gruaud Larose Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

$449

An extraordinarily powerful, backward wine with unlimited up-side potential, the opaque plum/purple/black-colored 1982 Gruaud-Larose exhibits an explosive nose of new saddle leather, plums, prunes, black cherry jam, chocolate, steak tartare, and roasted espresso. Unbelievably powerful, thick, and intense, with full body, mouth-searing tannin levels, a grilled steak-like flavor, and a huge, intense finish, this is a monster, blockbuster 1982 that still needs 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. It should prove to be one of the most profound Gruaud-Laroses made in the twentieth century. In quality, it is a first-growth. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Greg Koslosky Delectable Pro

A little cloudy and muted with a dry and brittle cork I don’t think it was stored perfectly .

A little cloudy and muted with a dry and brittle cork I don’t think it was stored perfectly .

9.1

Shawn R Delectable Pro

82 from a mag a very special wine.

82 from a mag a very special wine.

9.7

Sarah Pous

Well rounded and complex with taste of cherry

Well rounded and complex with taste of cherry

10

Ki Punwar Delectable Pro

Owner, California Wine Republic

Really in a good place. Lots of complexity, fine grained tannins, earth & saddle leather. Best vintage of GL that I've had.

Really in a good place. Lots of complexity, fine grained tannins, earth & saddle leather. Best vintage of GL that I've had.

9.6

Alex Lallos Delectable Pro

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

Drinking exactly like it should. This wine absolutely transported me. Vibrant deep red in color with lovely notes of cedar coffee dried fruits and peanut membrane. Excellent throughout silky texture and long finish. This line should continue to drink well for at least another two decades

Drinking exactly like it should. This wine absolutely transported me. Vibrant deep red in color with lovely notes of cedar coffee dried fruits and peanut membrane. Excellent throughout silky texture and long finish. This line should continue to drink well for at least another two decades

9.3

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Always loved this '82, this isn't the best bottle though, has a slight caramelness to it, still a solid wine but didn't live up to expectations.

Always loved this '82, this isn't the best bottle though, has a slight caramelness to it, still a solid wine but didn't live up to expectations.

8.7

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Richly textured palate. Nose isn't there though. Long, textured, and powerful.

Richly textured palate. Nose isn't there though. Long, textured, and powerful.

9.3

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Decanted with 3 hrs of air. Tawny rims with still some ruby in the middle. Barely opaque. Nose of rhubarb, cedar box, dark berries, anise. Rich and round in the mouth. Tannins perfectly integrated. Long lasting finish. This is in a great drinking window but no need to rush to drink these.

Decanted with 3 hrs of air. Tawny rims with still some ruby in the middle. Barely opaque. Nose of rhubarb, cedar box, dark berries, anise. Rich and round in the mouth. Tannins perfectly integrated. Long lasting finish. This is in a great drinking window but no need to rush to drink these.

9.5

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Compromised in some fashion but still an interesting study. Bretty but possibly a characteristic of the house.

Compromised in some fashion but still an interesting study. Bretty but possibly a characteristic of the house.

8.8

Peter Mansell Delectable Pro

Better than the infamous Black Isle bottle. Full, sweet ripe fruit - plenty of years on it

Better than the infamous Black Isle bottle. Full, sweet ripe fruit - plenty of years on it

9.6

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