2011 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Showing the acidity and fresh fruit of the vintage, this wine has both structure and density. It’s well-made, showing just the right amount of fruit and a judicious use of wood.
Good tarry style, with plum skin and briar notes lending a grippy edge while the core of blackberry and crushed black cherry lies in reserve.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, dark ruby-red. Aromatic herbs, citrus hints and minerals on the perfumed nose. Then light and lively in the mouth, with moderate concentration to the tobacco, cedar and mineral flavors. The finish is bright and moderately long, with smooth tannins. Not especially concentrated but balanced and clean.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The structured, austere 2011 Malartic Lagraviere was produced from small yields (32 hectoliters per hectare) and the final blend was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Slightly tannic, rigid and spicy, it exhibits notes of black currants, bay leaf and loamy soil. In the mouth, the wine is mid-weight with moderate body and a structured mouthfeel.
*+ Trey: Sweet cola, racy red fruits and minerals, with good freshness, balance and length. RS: Perfectly ripe. Good, firm but rounded tannins. Long in the mouth and on the finish. *