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
A beautiful wine from proprietor Alexandre Bonnie’s 115-acre vineyard, this blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot hit 14% natural alcohol. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was late, ending on October 18. The wine’s dense purple color is followed by aromas of vanillin, smoked herbs, tobacco leaf, black currants and blackberries. This rich, elegant Pessac-Leognan is loaded with potential. It should drink well in 3-4 years and evolve for 20-25.
With red berry fruits, a counterpoint of dry tannins, this shows a style that is firm, tough on one side, and fruity and fresh on the other. The wine has the promise of power, richness when the elements integrate.
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.
(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.