2009 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel sample. Ripe fruit, but with great packed spicy wood, sweet tannins and black currant fruit flavors.
Aromas of blueberries, spices and bark follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long silky textured finish. Very fine indeed. Best ever from here. Try it in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92+ points Parker: "Probably the best wine that has come from this estate, along with their 2005, the final blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot boasts Michel Rolland as the consulting oenologist. This organically farmed vineyard has turned out a deeply layered wine with a striking perfume of graphite, wet stones, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and underbrush. The compelling aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied but intensely concentrated wine with loads of ripe fruit, plenty of glycerin (14% natural alcohol) and a long, nuanced, impressively endowed finish. Accessible already, this wine should continue to drink well for 15 or more years. (92+)
Packed and very backward, with taut tobacco, iron and bittersweet cocoa notes up front, while the core of crushed plum, roasted fig and cassis flavors is held in reserve. Lots of chalky grip marks the finish, where the fruit drips in the background. Best from 2015 through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red-ruby. Complex aromas and flavors of red and black cherry, dark plum, mocha, licorice pastille, tar and hot rocks. Supple, suave and broad but not overly sweet, with an edge of acidity keeping the wine fresh throughout and leavening its thickness of texture. With its firm, buildng tannins, this concentrated, youthful wine calls for at least five years of patience.
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. More earth and plenty of extraction. Good mid-palate texture. Very nice. Good length. You can taste the soil. At UGC: Classic, with tons of mineral notes. Very rich and fresh. Alex: Big, bold, with great tannins. This wine sings with fruit and terroir. Ralph: Fresh, bright, natural mouthfeel. Tasty. I loved it! Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.