1996 Chateau Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien France
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Rated 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby. Deep, brooding nose hints at dark plum, blackcurrant, coffee and lavender accented by cinnamon and nutmeg. Enters bright and fresh, then turns richer in the middle, with accessible plum, herb and coffee flavors persisting nicely on the peppery finish, which features chewy tannins. This is at once more herbal and more forward than the 1995. It's also better than I remember it, and although still quite young it offers plenty of appeal. The wine's harmonious acidity makes it seem lighter-bodied than it is. About 40% of the malolactic fermentation was carried out in barriques, compared to a normal one-third. Note that the label states 12.5% alcohol, but the data given to me by the estate shows 13% alcohol. (ID)
Rated 90 points Wine Spectator
Violet, blackberry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a medium finish. Ready. (JS)