Thursday, March 09, 2006

Chateau Gruard Larose 2002 Wine Review (NW)

Bright garnet color
Big nose of dark berries, cedar, and tobacco
Juicy core, tightly wound layers
An elegance to the finish, but noticeably strong tannins

From a legendary Bordeaux producer, this is a very nice wine. It is elegant and has a lot of delicious layers. Of course, it's young, tightly wound, and has strong tannins.

I intentionally opened this to taste a young Bordeaux alongside an older one, which is reviewed above. I was joined by PB for a side-by-side tasting of these two wines and the youthfulness of the Gruard Larose stood out. It has a juicy core of fruit and is lively. This wine cost $18 for a 375mL bottle.

Some Bordeaux wines are being made to drink a little younger for the impatient customers, but this one needs some time in the bottle. Grab one and lay it down for a while- say 5-10 years. Raise a glass!

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