Drinking this tonight. Whatever your preferences in wine, whether it’s for natural stuff, or new wave South Africans, or Kiwi Pinot, it’s always great to drink proper Bordeaux, picked at the right time (12.5% alcohol), from a good vintage, and given some bottle age. I’m enjoying this a lot. It’s not perfect: wine doesn’t have to be. But it’s true. We as people often aspire to perfection but all we need to really be is true.
Château Gruaud Larose 2000 Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
12.5% alcohol. This is a beautiful wine, drinking really well. There’s lovely definition to the blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with some nice acidity and freshness. It’s showing the first signs of some maturity, but still has plenty of primary fruit. There’s a hint of chalk and gravel, but these more savoury, stony notes integrate nicely into the whole. What I really love about this wine is its balance. It’s not trying too hard to impress: it just is what it is, classic Claret, beginning to enter its drinking window. It has fruit but it also has a savoury side, and it has a bit of generosity but it’s not sweet. It makes you work a little. It’s also a lot more harmonious and even more intense an hour after opening. This is why people get excited about top Bordeaux. 95/100
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