2009 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 80% Sauvignon and 20% Semillon that hit 14% natural alcohol, this is serious wine boasting notes of lemon and lime marmalade intermixed with honeysuckle, a whiff of freshly cut grass and a waxy, melony character. Aromatically complex, this relatively big Malartic Lagraviere should drink well for up to 20 or more years. A great wine!
Balanced between ripe white fruits, with a hint of peach and a full texture of pear skins. The wine is powerful, the structure solid, but the freshness is delicious.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Straw-green with hints of gold. Pretty, complex aromas of jasmine, fresh citrus, pear and talcum powder. Enters clean and very fresh, with flavors of white fruits, ginger and minerals, but seems a little less complex than the nose suggests and could use a bit more verve. Finishes with a youthfully tannic bite and considerable length. This lovely wine should turn out to be one of the better Pessac-Leognans of the vintage.
Subtle toasted brioche and blanched almond notes hold a core of heather, white peach, and green plum at bay for now. This finish is long and suave, with nice buried cut. Should blossom with brief cellaring. Drink now through 2014.
*+ Clean, fresh, rich, and balanced. 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.