2006 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
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.
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)
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.)
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.
½* At Joanne: Spicy wine with mineral undertones. Long and complete. Could be a value.