2012 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1131285 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This large estate of 131 acres has been run brilliantly by a Belgian family, the Bonnies since their acquisition a number of years ago. The quality of the white and red have soared to exceptional heights, and this is certainly still one of the more realistically priced wines of Pessac-Lèognan and classified crus. The 2012 is a beauty, with a dense ruby/purple color, a fabulously plush, opulent texture and medium to full-bodied flavors of cassis, spicy earth and blueberry. Quite rich, yet light on its feet, this is an absolutely textbook Pessac-Lèognan, with wonderfully velvety tannins. Drink it now, or drink it in 25 years. This is a brilliant wine. (RP)  (4/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Big, ripe and juicy, this wears its rich black fruits right up front. A strong and firmly tannic structure serves as a background to the fruit. The wine is rich, complex and full of potential. Spice, ginger and nutmeg come through at the end along with the fruit. Drink from 2022.  (5/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 This shows lots of precision and focus with blueberry, mineral and dried fruit character. Full body, fine tannins and a silky finish. Refined and composed. Better in 2019.  (2/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Solid, with dense layers of fig sauce, plum cake and blackberry confiture, laced with graphite and warm tar details. The long finish ripples with spice hints and black fruit, leaving a mouthwatering feel despite the heft. Best from 2017 through 2022.  (3/2015)

89-91 points 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. (ID)  (6/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 'Be careful, it's good', Karim Nasser assured me as he poured me a sample. Notably deep colour. This does smell notably ripe. But not overripe. Broad and rich with some tarriness but not too much and sufficient acid and light tannin. Definitely a successful 2012 and only slightly jagged on the finish.  (10/2014)

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- 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.