1988 Gruaud Larose

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1988 Gruaud Larose

Post by AHB » 12:19 Thu 16 Apr 2015

Deep red colour but in the early stages of maturity, 90% opaque. An incredible barnyard nose, really strongly developed. Slow and reluctant on entry but the palate is slow and powerful with heavy concentration and very vigorous tannins. Slightly too little fruit to balance the tannins but a great palate presence. A lovely chewy aftertaste and finish. Reminds me how much I love claret! Served blind I guessed this to be Cos d'Estournel 1989. 92/100. Drunk 10-Apr-15 as part of the Doty Cup.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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