2010 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1138203 94 points James Suckling

 A white with lovely minerality and sliced lemon character. It's full and fresh with bright acidity and a long exciting finish. The wines keep getting better and better here. Drink or hold.  (2/ 2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A fruity, ripe wine with lemon and pineapple flavors alongside a fine tang of citrus. It's beautifully marked with wood aging to give a rounded, rich mouthfeel. It also has the texture to mellow into a more nuanced wine in 4-5 years.  (5/ 2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This full-bodied blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon hit 14.5% natural alcohol. It is deep and rich, with loads of caramelized grapefruit, tropical fruit, subtle oak, wet stones and plenty of melons. Drink now-2035.  (2/ 2013)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw-gold. Apple , pear and yellow plum aromas are complemented by mint and sage. Crisp apple and pear flavors display sweet spice and mineral nuances, with mineral and truffle hints adding complexity. Finishes moderately long and quite oaky, but I like this wine's multilayered, zesty personality. Give it five or six years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.  (8/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and lush, with lots of creamed yellow apple, melon and white peach flavors carried by an alluring, lightly toasted brioche note. This has the vintage’s punch in the end, kept honest by a lively citrus accent. Drink now through 2014.  (3/ 2013)

K&L Notes

*+ Powerful wine. Asian spices on the nose. A heavier style. Long and balanced.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/13/2013  | Send Email
Mineral-driven on the nose, with ripe citrus fruit.

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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.