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Tasting Notes for Gruaud Larose, 1966:
A classic vintage for Gruaud-Larose, the 1966 remains surprisingly young, relatively unevolved, but austere, with a black currant, cedary, earthy fruitiness, and firm tannins. The finish is dry, but long and still youthful. In style and texture, the 1966 Gruaud-Larose resembles a big Pauillac. Will the 1966 Gruaud-Larose ever shed its tannic toughness?
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 1989-2015
Tasting Notes for Palmer, 1966:
The 1966 continues to be one of the greatest examples of Palmer I have ever tasted. It is almost atypical for the 1966 vintage, which produced so many austere, angular wines. Not only rich and full, it is also delicate and loaded with complexity and finesse. This wine gets my nod as one of the best of the vintage, rivaled only by Latour and Lafleur. The haunting bouquet is similar to the 1961's. It reveals a plummy, mulberry-like fruitiness, exotic spices, licorice, and a hint of truffles. Medium-bodied, with a velvety richness, it has a long, ripe, lush finish, and enough grip and focus to continue to drink well for another decade. Anticipated maturity: now-2000. Last tasted 5/96
Parker Points: 96
Drinking Period: 1996-2000
Tasting Notes for Pape Clement, 1966:
This wine has been fully mature since the early seventies, and has always represented one of the best examples of this estate's style. It is consistently elegant, with Pape-Clement's telltale bouquet of smoky tobacco and earthy, cedary, currant fruit. Since the late seventies, the 1966 has ever-so-slowly begun to lose some intensity and take on more amber color. The wine is still very good, but the acidity and tannins are more noticeable in the finish, and the fruit is less intense. This was once a beautiful, elegant wine that is now beginning to decline. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 11/87.
Parker Points: 85
Drinking Period: -