2011 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $45)
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Vivid, expressive, juicy and concentrated, the 2011 Malartic Lagraviere comes from good-sized estate of 131 acres, of which 17 are dedicated to their excellent white wine. Made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a supple, medium to full-bodied texture with no hard edges, an opulence and exuberance that provide lots of seductiveness, and tell-tale notes of burning embers, charcoal, kirsch liqueur and black currant fruit. Drink this impressive 2011 over the next two decades. Only 55% of the production made it into the grand vin. The natural alcohol is 13.5%. (RP)
Lively, with solid cut to the damson plum, black cherry and red currant fruit. Offers graphite and sweet spice notes, leading to a long, racy finish. Best from 2015 through 2024.
Fresh and fruity with a currant and raspberry character. Medium to full body, with polished medium tannins and a medium finish. Bright and delicious already. Sexy. Better in 2016.