CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986
CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986
CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986
CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986
CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986
CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986
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1986 CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1986

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96 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
 Still tasting as if it were only 7-8 years of age, the dense, garnet/purple-colored 1986 Gruaud-Larose is evolving at a glacier pace. The wine still has mammoth structure, tremendous reserves of fruit and concentration, and a finish that lasts close to a minute. The wine is massive, very impressively constituted, with still some mouth-searing tannin to shed. Decanting of one to two hours in advance seems to soften it a bit, but this is a wine that seems to be almost immortal in terms of its longevity. It is a great Medoc classic, and certainly one of the most magnificent Gruaud-Larose ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. 
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96 / 100
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider
Brawny, beefy, masculine, yet, regal with its layers of tobacco-drenched red fruits, leafy garden herbs, forest floor, and greenery. Full-bodied, chewy, and deep, this is one of the best examples from this challenging vintage. Popped and poured, this is simply fabulous and character-filled. Drink from 2023-2045.
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95 / 100
Cellar Tracker April - 2024
Cellar Tracker
Beautiful as always. Still with amazing fruit.
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93 / 100
Tom Cannavan January - 2011
Tom Cannavan
Quite tight, quite reluctant on the nose, the mineral and earthy character and touch of tough, sinewy leather and cedar and a little beefy black fruit coming through. The palate has a wonderful smoothness and richness, with real concentration and a firm, supple but fairly unyielding charcter. The fruit is all there though; this is such a typical 1986 in many ways, with that massive spine of structure, but gradually, very gradually, shedding enough of that to let the obvious fruit emerge.
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92 / 100
Adrian van Velsen - vvWine
Strong ruby, almost no age tones. In the nose there is a wonderful scent, dark fruit, floral tones, earth, black tea, expands significantly with air, becomes more and more delicate and noble. Firm on the palate, very well structured, still with tannin, the acidity also supports the fruit, black currants, cherries, after about an hour of aeration the wine clearly gains in harmony. The tannins become noticeable again in the finish. Very good length.
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92 / 100
Falstaff February - 2011
Falstaff
Strong crimson garnet, wide ocher rim, orange reflections. On the nose, delicately leafy dark berry fruit, fine animal nuances, some nougat. Juicy, black cherries, some tar and nougat, well-integrated, present tannins, cherry finish, good accompaniment to food, still has some further aging potential, but has already reached initial drinking maturity.
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92 / 100
Jean-Marc Quarin June - 2001
Jean-Marc Quarin
Dark red color. Medium intensity. Medium intensity nose. Discreet. To the agitation evolved. Animal. Smooth entry into the mouth. Rounded and pleasant development but, quite quickly, the wine becomes austere in its tannin and lacks elegance. The finish is nevertheless long and slightly liquorice. Gruaud has always extracted more of his wines. This is reflected in this overly marked final tannin.
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17 / 20
Jancis Robinson July - 2016
Jancis Robinson
Salty zesty nose with great liveliness. Sweeter than the 1986 Las Cases served blind alongside it but less dense. A very pretty wine. This has always been one of the most charming 1986s and it's still, just about, in fine fettle. 
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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint Julien
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château Gruaud Larose
Château Gruaud Larose

The Château Gruaud-Larose is a Bordeaux wine located in Saint-Julien-Beychevelle. AOC Saint-Julien, it is classified second growth in the Medoc classification of 1855. Château Gruaud-Larose's vineyard is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. 

The best vintages of Château Gruaud Larose are 1945, the vintage 1947, the wines of 1961, the vintage 1982 and 1986. Then, the grands crus classés of 1990, 2000 vintages wines and 2009 are excellent.

>> see article "Grands Crus Classés from Bordeaux, Official Classification of 1855"