2006 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1046803 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 An evocatively perfumed wine, with aromas of pine, eucalyptus and spice. To taste, it is open, generous, its tannins cushioned inside ripe, jelly black fruits. Everything mingles well, the core of dryness an essential component of the richness of the wine.  (3/2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Proprietor Alexandre Bonnie has produced brilliant white and red wines at this estate's NASA space age-looking winemaking facility. I remember these wines from the early days of The Wine Advocate, and they were undrinkable swill. That is certainly not the case today. This is classic Pessac-Leognan with leafy tobacco, smoky red and black currant, forest floor, cedar, and graphite notes. It is a medium-bodied wine of impeccable purity, texture, and balance. Enjoy it over the next 15 years. (RP)  (2/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Smoky raspberry, tobacco leaf, licorice and minerals on the vibrant nose. Juicy, bright and firm, with noteworthy purity and good thrust to the dark berry and mineral flavors. I like the balance of sweet fruit with firm acid/tannin spine. Finishes with solid, slightly dusty tannins. This has turned out very well. (A second bottle of equal quality was a bit more creamy and supple in the mouth, with its fruit dominating its underlying mineral and soil tones.)  (6/2009)

Wine Spectator

 Blackberry and raspberry aromas, with hints of dried flowers. Medium-bodied, with delicately chewy tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and pretty for the vintage. Best after 2011.  (3/2009)

K&L Notes

½* At Joanne: Spicy wine with mineral undertones. Long and complete. Could be a value.

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2014 | Send Email
The 2006  Malartic-Lagravière is a wine of great elegance, and it shows great freshness in its bright raspberry fruit as well as ripeness throughout, which is the key to the wine’s lasting finish. Very pure, elegant wine.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2009 | Send Email
Deep purple in color with black fruit aromas and some new oak on the nose. The wine is currently showing nice black currant and sweet spice on the palate with gritty tannins at the back end. In 10 years I'll be very happy that I bought this wine for only $40. Hopefully you will be, too!

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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.