1982 Gruaud Larose

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51407-1982-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Bright red with a pale rim. The still-closed nose reluctantly releases aromas of red cherry, sweet spices, aromatic herbs and coffee. Dense, rich and fleshy, with ripe red cherry, tobacco and forest floor flavors given shape by harmonious acidity and smooth tannins. The very long, slightly chewy finish shows a peppery chocolatey persistence. This is developing at a snail's space and might last another three or four decades in a cold cellar, but while its tannic structure is noble and impressive, I'd probably want to check in on it again in five years' time to see how the fruit is holding up.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Rating: 18

    Wilts cellar. Just starting to stray out of Broadbent into Parker territory here...This was rich, round and velvety with the most sumptuous texture yet was not remotely lacking in freshness. Round, complete and utterly satisfying. Chock full of pleasure and a delight with the 24-hour lamb with truffle creamed potato and buttered celery.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Rating: 94

    One of the best wines ever made at this estate. Dense ruby color with a slight amber edge. Intense grape, berry and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, ripe fruit and mineral aftertaste.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: OliV
  • Self | Rating: 96

    A slightly musty under-taste could not hide the fact that this is a phenomenally big, explosive wine of great concentration and complexity. 93-96
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Absolutely beautiful and at its peak. Fruit and tannins in perfect balance.
    Author: SingKevin
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Another outstanding bottle of what can be the greatest GL ever.....and always consistent....cero bottle variation or off bottle. Balance, everything on right place, excellent fruit, delicious and soft tannins and long finish....what else you need?? Simply outstanding!
    Drink Dates: 1996-2026
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 98

    DRANK WITH 8 FRIENDS AT THE GRAMERCY TAVERN IN NYC AT OUR 1982 BORDEAUX DINNER WITH THE FOLLOWING WINES. LAFITE, MOUTON, LATOUR, HAUT BRION, MARGAUX, PICHON LALANDE, LA MISSION HAUT BRION, COS D'ESTOURNEL. ALL WINES EXCEPT FOR THE MOUTON WEREW GORGEOUS AND DRANK AMAZINGLY WELL. THE MOUTON WAS EITHER CORKED OR TO OLD. AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL. AVERAGE WINE SCORE WAS 98 PTS.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Excellent balance and beautiful finesse. Such great aromas of plum and leather, along with delicate earth tones. The fruit structure is amazing and is holding up so nicely. It has a long finish with soft tannins and lively fruit with a wonderful purity about it. I highly recommend this gem of a bordeaux!!
    Drink Dates: 2002-2017
    Author: Charles
  • Self | Rating: 96

    RP: A massive wine that is cearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purpoole color offersw up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux's I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodiewd, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for anohter 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singuarly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2050
    Author: Ronald P
  • Self | Rating:

    slightly corked bottle with some telltale 'wet-cardbord' notes and diminished fruit. Not a good representation (prior bottle one year ago rated 96 with drink dates of 2007-2029)
    Drink Dates: 2007-2029
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating:

    Very nice indeed!!! Who has the data to record a price for this 750 ml bottle. It is extremely good. Pay up or be left behind!
    Author: Gregory W634
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wonderful, silky, smooth, sweet tannin, earthy, leathery
    Author: David F430
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    Wow. Beautiful ruby-garnet with slight ambering at the edges. Awesome nose of leather, tar, earth, meat and black fruit. On the palate, lots of acidity and mellow tannins, and big, mature black fruit with a complex, spicy (mint? herbs?) finish. Long finish. Plenty of spunk left in this wine, though time has clearly mellowed what must have been hard to drink a couple of decades ago. Takes a SOLID three hours in a decanter to really open up.
    Author: Doug D722
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.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2739 bottles owned
  • 407 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 407 collectors)