2011 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, pale golden straw. Intense white peach, green apricot, pear nectar and talcum powder on the complex nose. The palate shows slightly austere flavors of fresh citrus and gooseberry complemented by rosemary and sage. Finishes long and pure, with polished wood tannins. This very serious, extremely well made white wine will age effortlessly thanks to its luminous acidity.
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.