2010 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067112 95 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/ 2013)

94 points 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.  (2/ 2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (5/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2013)

9-91 points 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.  (8/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 (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.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Pure, bright and zesty!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
This property seems on a clear upward trend with success following success. The 2010 vintage is a worthy heir to the 2005 and the 2009. Lovely red and black fruits, ripe and sweet. A well-balanced, structured wine with firm tannins.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Oak dominates this wine's nose. Full of dark fruit and spice.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
* At UGC: More modern in style, with toasted oak aromas. Smoky, with some meaty flavors. At Joanne: Semi-new wave.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.