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Ex-Chateau Find: Gruaud Larose 1989

 

We’ve secured a beautiful parcel of Gruaud Larose 1989, direct from the chateau; these beautiful 12x75 OWCs come in perfect condition and with unbeatable provenance.

The 1989 vintageisundoubtedly one of the very best from the 30-year period 1970-1999, being both intensely fruited, firmly structured and with great freshness. Many of the Bordeaux 1989 we’ve tasted lately are hitting the perfect drinking window. There really is no beating a great, mature claret and this is bang on the money: sensationally expressive now, but with the palate weight and depth of flavour to keep in the cellar for several more years.

Gruaud Larose is a venerable St Julien property which has retained a truly classical style throughout all the changes of fashion which have struck Bordeaux over the past 30 years. The wines are beautifully balanced, with a core of rich fruit always in harmony with signature freshness and lightness of touch. Prices have always been steady and sensible, even in stellar vintages, making this perfectly mature 1989 a very smart buy indeed.

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
Red 1989 Gruaud Larose ex-Chateaubtls IB 20 0 $ 1,747 cs 94 (JS) Add

94 points James Suckling‘Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the same time.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009).’

92 points Neal Martin‘Tasted at The Ledbury Gruaud Larose lunch, the 1989 was one of the standout wines of the tasting. It displays wonderful definition on the nose, more clarity than the 1990 alongside, with hints of sandalwood, Provencal herbs, white fennel and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, demonstrating a tad more composure than the 1990 with good weight on the linear finish. I like the control here, the sense of finesse. Drinking perfectly now’

 

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