Château Gruaud Larose Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

$259

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

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Great looking bottle with an into the neck fill. Opaque. At age 34 it’s still full garnet to the rim. Dark fruit nose. Notes of blackberries, fresh cut Cuban cigar, gravel stone, hickory, walnuts and a hint of menthol. Rich and powerful in the mouth. Still chewy. Tannins softened but still lingering. Gave it 4 hours in a decanter before approaching it. It probably needed more. Good stuff. Will certainly outlast me.

Great looking bottle with an into the neck fill. Opaque. At age 34 it’s still full garnet to the rim. Dark fruit nose. Notes of blackberries, fresh cut Cuban cigar, gravel stone, hickory, walnuts and a hint of menthol. Rich and powerful in the mouth. Still chewy. Tannins softened but still lingering. Gave it 4 hours in a decanter before approaching it. It probably needed more. Good stuff. Will certainly outlast me.

9.4

David L Delectable Pro

Wine Nerd Herd virtual tasting. 86’Château Gruaud Larose. 12.5 ALC. Ruby in color with light amber edges. Decanted it for 90 minutes. Nose-

Wine Nerd Herd virtual tasting. 86’Château Gruaud Larose. 12.5 ALC. Ruby in color with light amber edges. Decanted it for 90 minutes. Nose-

9.6

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

Brent Clayton Delectable Pro

Opaque, cedar, cigar, spice box, wow!!!

Opaque, cedar, cigar, spice box, wow!!!

9.4

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

Still tons of upside potential here.

Still tons of upside potential here.

9.4

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

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