This tasting wasn't really planned - it was more a happy accident. The notes are simple, for which I apologise, but I was concentrating more on having a good time at dinner than writing notes. I should say that while the scores are all respectable, I wasn't really feeling it at the time. The points are as objective as possible - it was an evening for bubbly and fortified and wedging a flight of claret in there, even one of my favourites, did a bit of disservice to it.
Gruaud Larose 1990
Lots of eucalyptus on the nose with candied cherries and spice.
Palate is toasty and earthy with that plummy fruit. Sinewy and rustic with good grip and a nice, long, spicy finish.
Gruaud Larose 1995
More pencil on the nose. Brambles.
Quite elegant and sweet, plummy fruit. Charming and lengthy. I don't think I'm in a Bordeaux mood.
Gruaud Larose 2000
There's a touch of cocoa and ripe confit dark fruit.
Tight knit and gorgeous. Sinewy but showing nice balance of fruit and secondaries.
Gruaud Larose 2006
Caramel on the nose, toasty.
Palate understated. Needs time. Nice balance, but still pretty much one dimensional.
All tasted 28 May 2011 at Naughton