2013 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
A fresh, multi-dimensional young white with sliced-lime, mineral, basil and lemon character. Full-bodied but bright and agile. Wonderful intensity. One of the best whites ever from here.
Barrel Sample. Warm, ripe and rich, this is a wine with weight, complexity and bright acidity. It’s a rounded wine, with some strong wood flavors and a creamy texture that carries through to the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A fabulous white wine from Malartic’s 17.5 acres of white grapes, this blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon hit 13.5% natural alcohol. It offers plenty of fresh fig, honeysuckle and orange blossom notes in a dense, concentrated, rich style. The wine’s beautiful acidity and fragrance confirm that this was one of the finest white wines produced in Bordeaux in 2013. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw. Knockout deep nose hints at white stone fruits, grapefruit, orange marmalade, fresh herbs and minerals. Very rich, ripe and suave, boasting outstanding density and precision to the multilayered white stone fruit, citrus and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes long and nuanced, with a lingering minty pepperiness. This potentially outstanding wine is one of the year's best dry whites and one of the deepest and most complex young Malartic-Lagravieres in memory.
Stony edges frame a core of green almond, quinine and melon rind, followed by a light hint of brioche through the finish. This should be flattering in style when it rounds out fully. (Web-2014)
The 2013 Malartic Lagravière Blanc is intense, stony and finely cut, with notable energy and focus. Here, too, the Blanc comes across as a bit raw, but with plenty of potential if it comes together more fully in aging. Tasted twice.
A three-star wine.