Anything good from '81?

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Re: Anything good from '81?

#51 Post by David Glasser » March 26th, 2020, 6:53 am

Craig G wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 7:34 pm
I just bought a couple more bottles of Gruaud Larose in a K&L auction, about $80 each including premium. I like the 1979 a bit more but the 81 is a really good wine.
I inherited a case of 1981 Gruaud from my father's cellar. Drank the last one years ago but it was still going strong. I enjoyed every bottle. It’s a very good wine and an argument for 1981 being an underrated vintage.

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Re: Anything good from '81?

#52 Post by z_hart » March 26th, 2020, 7:13 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
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Montrose and Ducru Beaucaillou have been delicious recently
Interesting note on the Ducru. I'll have to welcome an '81 Ducru next time I come across it.

1981 is my wife's birth year but we've celebrated with the 1982 Ducru because I told her that she'd be a year younger if she was born in '82 and it is also very fantastic vintage that we both like very much.
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Re: Anything good from '81?

#53 Post by lleichtman » March 26th, 2020, 1:58 pm

Been drinking 1981 Lopez de Heredia (LDH), La Rioja Alta 904 and Cune Imperial. All have been great.
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Re: Anything good from '81?

#54 Post by Eric Egan » March 26th, 2020, 3:22 pm

Contino '81 is possibly the best Rioja I've ever had. To put this in context, it edged out an '82 Mouton is a tasting a few years ago (and the Mouton was on top form). Worth seeking out.
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#55 Post by Howard Cooper » March 26th, 2020, 3:31 pm

Ducru Beaucaillou. This was my first wine future. Split a case with a friend - it was $140 a case. My half is long gone but I had one from his half a couple of years back and it was excellent.

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