Malartic Lagravière 2010


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Tasting Notes

The 2010 Malartic-Lagravière has a classic Left Bank bouquet with cedar and tobacco infused black fruit that unfurl nicely in the glass and gain intensity with every swirl. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, a satin textured Pessac-Léognan with well judged acidity and an intense black cherry and blueberry finish, a tang of sea salt on the aftertaste. Excellent. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. Drink 2023-2045.

Score: 95Neal Martin,, April 2020

Lead pencil shavings, soy and barbecue smoke as well as red and black currants characterize this brilliant effort, which has an expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel yet a sublime elegance and lightness of being. Dense ruby/purple, gorgeous purity and a long, long finish of close to 50 seconds characterize another brilliant effort from this classified growth in Pessac-Leognan. It should drink nicely for 25-30 years yet is surprisingly accessible even today. Drink 2013-2043.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

A beautiful wine from proprietor Alexandre Bonnie's 115-acre vineyard, this blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot hit 14% natural alcohol. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was late, ending on October 18. The wine's dense purple color is followed by aromas of vanillin, smoked herbs, tobacco leaf, black currants and blackberries. This rich, elegant Pessac-Leognan is loaded with potential. It should drink well in 3-4 years and evolve for 20-25.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Malartic 2010 has an exuberant bouquet with small dark cherries, cassis and violets - almost Margaux-like in style. The palate is plush and fruit-driven, almost like 2009, with great backbone and fine minerality and tension right through to the finish. This is an outstanding wine from this estate that improves year after year. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 94Neal Martin,, February 2013

Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The nose is very closed at the moment: dark berries, tar, a touch of liquorice coming through with aeration and later, a hint of something estuarine. The palate is full-bodied and quite toasty in texture, the oak a little dominant at the moment but there is plenty of fruit to absorb it. Sweet and rounded on the finish with a touch of burnt toast lingering in the mouth. One of the finest recent wines from this estate. Tasted October 2011.

Score: 92Neal Martin,, December 2011

The Malartic-Lagraviere has a very well defined, quite floral bouquet with crushed violets, small dark cherries and a touch of dark plum. Very good clarity and refinement. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins, very good acidity lending tension and focus towards the finish. This is a fantastic Pessac that deserves a long-term berth in your cellar. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 93/95Neal Martin,, April 2011

Impressive nose with leather, dark polished fruit and flowers. Wonderful mouthfeel with soft silky tannins and beautiful texture. Really well put together. Powerful and rich with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Very ripe. Try in 2016

Score: 95James Suckling,, February 2013

Deep dark crimson. Rich and meaty on the nose. Then (just) enough freshness on the palate. A very attractive whole with real drive. Long and pretty powerful but good balance. Really refreshing but not skinny. Well done! GV 14.5%
Drink 2018 – 2040

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2020

The fruit feels ripe enriching the nose and giving a fleshy power on the palate. Ripe cassis is backed by black plum the sweetness giving a modern feel but the squashy sweetness is balanced towards the back by some freshness and there is enough tannic structure to give a back bone.

Score: 89/93Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

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