Château Gruaud Larose Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1982 (1500ml)

$995

A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux's I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Scarlet tawny and opaque. Great, complex nose offering notes of black cherries, herbal tobacco leaf and freshly cut Cuban cigar, cedar wood and a hint of menthol. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Gave it 5 hours of air in a decanter and patience was rewarded with a great aged Bordeaux experience. Great stuff. Paired with a 92 Dominus it was interesting to find how much these wines resemble each other.

Scarlet tawny and opaque. Great, complex nose offering notes of black cherries, herbal tobacco leaf and freshly cut Cuban cigar, cedar wood and a hint of menthol. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Gave it 5 hours of air in a decanter and patience was rewarded with a great aged Bordeaux experience. Great stuff. Paired with a 92 Dominus it was interesting to find how much these wines resemble each other.

9.5

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

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