2012 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This Belgian-owned estate has been making brilliant white and red Graves. Another beauty in a more difficult vintage than either 2009 or 2010, the 2012 Malartic Lagraviere is further evidence of how successful this vintage was in Pessac-Leognan. It possesses a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of creme de cassis, licorice, bay leaf, lead pencil shavings and barbecue smoke. Medium to full-bodied and richly fruity with soft tannin, surprising length and an impressive mid-palate (a rarity in 2012), it should drink well for 15 years.
This very dry wine shows remarkable chocolate and licorice extraction. It's currently dark, firm, concentrated and solid, but as it develops, it's sure to be a considerable force to be reckoned with.
This has some power and precision, with densely layered fig, blackberry and boysenberry paste flavors lined with charcoal and sweet tobacco notes. Long and tarry, but polished too. Strong showing. (Web-2013)
Very fine and elegant with a sliced plum, chocolate and tobacco character. Full and refined with pretty texture and a long finish. This has polish for the vintage. Clearly better than 2011.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Blueberry, mocha and flowers on the nose. Sweet, pliant and nicely balanced, with good juicy lift to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. The finish is long and brightly mineral. Hints at a savory ripeness on the back half that many Left Bank wines lack in 2012.
Very dark crimson. Smells rather leafy and Cabernet-dominated. Aromatic, then very sweet, then firm and with sandy tannins on the finish. Angular and more long term than many. Ambitious. There is great polish here. Calm finish (no heat). I admire the dryness and appetising, rather than palate-drying, tannins. Grown-up wine. 17+/20 points.