Chateau Malartic Lagraviere 2012
Web Price: $83.00
The colour is intense, deep red with hints of violet, with a nose that is powerful, complex, rich, extremely elegant, refined and very deep. Various notes of red fruit, blackcurrants, raspberries. Concentrated, pure nose, with a smokiness and a minerality that is typical of this wine. A smooth, rich, full-bodied attack. The palate is distinguished and elegant, with refined tannin structure. The same aromatic profile as the nose develops, with intense fruit, lovely minerality and pleasant smoky notes. The palate has superb length and supple tannins, making Château Malartic-Lagravière 2012 already very accessible, while developing a complexity that suggests it will improve further with age.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
94 Points Robert Parker - 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 colour, a fabulously plush, opulent texture and medium to full-bodied flavours 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.