Another Paul Mapplebeck special at CLWS.  This time it was a circuit of some of the great Chateaux of  St Julien to appreciate and analyse.

Some of the wines didn't quite deliver as expected given their stellar reputations, but the clear winner was left until last, when I tasted the Chateau Gruaud Larose 1999, my tasting notes read:

"Mid-body ruby / tawny.  Tobacco Cigarbox nose, deep and dark chocolate, manure (no seriously!).  Red fruit hit on the mouth, develops to cloves and spice flavours, richness on tasting, lovely balance of acidity and fruit, really sensational wine".
7 marks out of 7.
 
 
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