Château Gruaud Larose Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

9.3120 ratings on Delectable
$225

There seems to be no doubt about the quality of the 1986 Gruaud-Larose, which in 20 years should rival the extraordinary 1990, 1982, 1961, 1949, and 1928 made at this vast estate. From the first time I tasted this wine in cask, I have thought it to be among the blockbusters of the vintage. It has a black/purple color, mammoth structure, a fabulous wealth of fruit, and a finish that seems to last several minutes. This is indeed first-growth quality, but then, when, in the last decade, has a Gruaud-Larose not matched the quality of the first-growths?... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Sean Genn Delectable Pro

Classic Bordeaux nose of pencil lead and green peppercorn. Drinking beautifully.

Classic Bordeaux nose of pencil lead and green peppercorn. Drinking beautifully.

9.5

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Good but 83 is better.

Good but 83 is better.

8.7

Gary Westby Delectable Pro

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

Great Bordeaux hitting a nice peak at 30, with time in hand! All the tannins are resolved, but the dark cassis fruit is still sweet and fresh. Long finishing stuff, highlighted with a touch of black tea. With steak and potatoes- a brand new pairing.

Great Bordeaux hitting a nice peak at 30, with time in hand! All the tannins are resolved, but the dark cassis fruit is still sweet and fresh. Long finishing stuff, highlighted with a touch of black tea. With steak and potatoes- a brand new pairing.

9.6

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Gorgeous. Has really come together over the years.

Gorgeous. Has really come together over the years.

9.6

Jason Chang Delectable Pro

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

Really delicious. Opened up wonderfully.

Really delicious. Opened up wonderfully.

9.4

George Tita Delectable Pro

Lovely place right now. Nice level of 2nd level maturity with still good amount of fruit. Drink up!

Lovely place right now. Nice level of 2nd level maturity with still good amount of fruit. Drink up!

9.2

Sean Genn Delectable Pro

Graphite, roses, earth , red fruit. Fantastic Bordeaux. Drinking very well

Graphite, roses, earth , red fruit. Fantastic Bordeaux. Drinking very well

9.7

Santosh Varghese Delectable Pro

Hello funk.

Hello funk.

9.0

Ralph DiBiasi Delectable Pro

This one has developed nicely!! nice leather fruit is still bright st julien

This one has developed nicely!! nice leather fruit is still bright st julien

9.5

Jason Boland Delectable Pro

Always one of my favorites. Single owner stored bottle showed great. Pretty mature but great life still left in it.

Always one of my favorites. Single owner stored bottle showed great. Pretty mature but great life still left in it.

9.1