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Gruaud-Larose; St Julien; 1982; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml
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Lot 114

St Julien, 1982
1 (1 x 1) 750ml
A Saint Julien Second Growth, Chateau Gruaud-Larose has the ability to produce First Growth quality wine but is not well-regarded for consistency. The 1961, 1982 and 1986 remain some of the most remarkable Bordeaux wines of the era. With unique clay soils, Gruaud Larose requires decades of aging to show its best and hallmark elegance.

Sold for R 4 500
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 5 121

Estimate R 6 000 - 8 000


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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’s 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. - Robert Parker 98/100 (2009)


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