Tasting Note                         

91   2000  Chateau Gruaud Larose (Saint Julien)   2/8/14 ($90, $55 on futures)

 12.5 % alc   
Color: Deep garnet. Slight browning at rim, but almost no clearing. (3.0) Bouquet: Broiled beef and peppered beef stock with subtle pen ink and elegant St. Julien terroir, all complementing restrained cassis fruit. (3.5) Body: Solid middleweight with excellent balance of fruit and subtle tannins. Tangy in the mouth.Fruit could be richer and structure more tannin driven, but balanced for its weight. (3.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet, but a little less expressive. Elegant. (3.0) Finish: Slight astringency here, making flavors more restrained, but has length. Delicate. (3.0)
Overall: Shows interesting nuances of broiled beef, peppered beef stock and subtle pen ink. Has classic Gruaud elegance, but could have richer fruit combined with a little more backbone. Well balanced, nonetheless. Serve at room temperature (65-70 °F) to make the subtle nuances more prominent. An excellent St. Julien, but I was expecting more from this vintage. It should hold for a few more years, but not sure if it will improve. (15.5)

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