2011 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1091002 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2012)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2012)

87-90 points 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.  (5/ 2012)

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.  (4/ 2012)

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By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2013  | Send Email
Sweet cola, racy red fruits and minerals, with good freshness, balance and length.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
Perfectly ripe. Good, firm but rounded tannins. Long in the mouth and on the finish. *

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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.