1989 Gruaud Larose 750ml

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1989 Gruaud Larose
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International Wine Cellar | 89

Good medium red with a pale amber rim. Spice and floral notes lift delicate red cherry and redcurrant aromas. Bright and juicy on entry, then sweeter and richer in the middle, with chunky red berry and cherry flavors complicated by spices, underbrush and lemon zest. Lively acidity and a saline touch extend the gentle flavors on the moderately tannic finish, but this wine ultimately comes across as a bit lean. I wonder if the grapes weren't harvested too early. This lighter-style Gruaud is drinking well now, and there appears to be little to be gained by holding onto it much longer.

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 10129

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Wine Advocate | 89

In this blind tasting, the 1989 Gruaud-Larose was corked, but a bottle secured through a friend and tasted under non-blind circumstances was excellent, nearly outstanding. The herbal side of Gruaud-Larose was more noticeable in the 1989. The wine revealed a deep ruby/purple color (but not the opaqueness of the 1990), more obvious tannin, without the mid-palate and sweet inner-core of fruit exhibited by the 1990. It is a big, tannic, spicy wine, with plenty of potential, but not the sweetness and chewy texture of the 1990. The 1989 needs more time to shed its cloak of tannin; give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | 92

This has lovely lead pencil and berry character, with hints of tobacco. Medium body, with fine tannins and fresh finish. Still in a holding pattern. Delicious now. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 89
Author: David P187
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/29/2012
Really drinking great now. Decanting helped. Complex black and red fruits, cedar and menthol. Still holdng its acidity too.

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Score: 90
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/04/2012
Drink Dates: 2000-2013
Showing age but gracefully.On the now all the great characteristics of classic and mature bordeaux, with mineral notes and ripe red currants,blackcherry and licorice. Palate a nice brick color in a medium-full body that seems like a 15-yr bordeaux wine instead of 24yr old...but it came the finish somehow short and drying tannins makes the difference to complete the experience as a glorious one. Drink now
Score: 92
Author: Jim W NYC
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/19/2009
Very nice, although most of the ruit was gone. Pencil, menthol gave way to a very nice St Julian experience
More Vintages and Sizes of Gruaud Larose:

2001 (750ml)
1962 (750ml)

About This Producer


The phrase "The King of Wines..." adorns its label, but this isn't Bordeaux Budweiser. In fact, St. Julien's Second-Growth-classified Chateau Gruaud Larose was known as "the wine of kings" back in the late 1700s and continues this legacy today. The most notable recent example is President Chirac serving 1990 Gruaud Larose to President Clinton at Parisian bistro L'Ami Louis in June, 1999.

The chateau occupies 84 hectares on a gravel-rich plateau in St. Julien neighboring Chateau Beychevelle. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wines are often complex, opulent and flamboyant and always age worthy. The finest examples of Gruaud Larose in recent memory are 2010, 2000 and 1990.

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