2010 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Impressive nose with leather, dark polished fruit and flowers. Wonderful mouthfeel with soft silky tannins and beautiful texture. Really well put together. Powerful and rich with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Very ripe. Try in 2016.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lead pencil shavings, soy and barbecue smoke as well as red and black currants characterize this brilliant effort, which has an expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel yet a sublime elegance and lightness of being. Dense ruby/purple, gorgeous purity and a long, long finish of close to 50 seconds characterize another brilliant effort from this classified growth in Pessac-Leognan. It should drink nicely for 25-30 years yet is surprisingly accessible even today.
*Cellar Selection* Continuing its impressive series of wines, this red from Malartic-Lagravière has all the structure and density of the vintage, packed with plum and black currant fruits. The acidity is almost sweet in its richness, blending easily into the dark texture. Age for many years.
Shows a hefty dose of toast, but remains polished and well-embedded in a core of crushed plum, steeped blackberry and cherry compote flavors. The long finish picks up briary energy, with anise and violet notes checking in. Best from 2016 through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, dark red. Scented nose offers currant, licorice, dried flowers, cardamom and smoky oak notes. Then sweet, lush and easygoing, with excellent flesh to the flavors of dark berries, graphite and spices. With its velvety, plump texture, this wine may not have ultimate grip but it has more than enough energy and should offer great early appeal. My sample finished with sweet tannins and very good length.
(Lots of Cab Franc in the blend. My original tasting note was based on a bottle in less than perfect condition (at the UGC London tasting) so this note and score, taken on later occasion, replaces the earlier one.) Deep, dark crimson. Restrained dark fruit with a touch of graphite. Firm, compact tannins filled out by rich yet zesty fresh fruit, no jamminess or excess sweetness here. Rich, dry finish. Full bodied, with the alcohol in evidence but not intrusive. Chewy, satisfying finish with a lingering freshness. Drink 2018-2028.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.