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Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine Spectator, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide, 89 International Wine Cellar
Region: Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 101703
Beautiful purple color with hints of black. Intense, complex and elegant on the nose, with mineral notes and fruit hints of oak. On the palate, both tannins and aromas are elegant and reveal wonderful fruit with exceptional balance. Long and lively finish, with ripe fruit aromas. Good, deep mineral quality.
Perhaps the strongest wine I have ever tasted from Malartic Lagravière, the 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of crème de cassis, graphite, and soil undertones. Medium-bodied., smoky, with classic scorched earth, Graves-like aromatics and flavors, this wine displays impeccable winemaking, with pure fruit, medium body, and gorgeously long, rich flavors and moderate levels of tannin. The wine should be relatively drinkable in 3-5 years and last for at least two decades or more. This is possibly the finest Malartic Lagravière ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025
A deliciously black currant-flavored wine, with juicy fruit, plum skins and spice over the firm tannins. Great balance already shows through; a finely poised wine.
There's beautiful blackberry and toasty oak on the nose, with hints of licorice and meat. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a dark chocolate, fresh herb and currant aftertaste. Best after 2013. 8,330 cases made.
Concentrated cherry-like fruit sits at the heart of this carefully composed youngster while highlights of green olives, loam and a dash of sweet oak add richness and range. Nicely integrated tannins provide very claret-like structure yet stop short of being in any way tough, and, if fully ripened, the wine shows a fine sense of polish and should reach its top form with a wait of but five or six years.
Good medium red-ruby. Spiced plum, mocha and nutty oak on the nose, lifted by flowers and minerals. Juicy, bright and energetic, with an insidious sweetness and lovely clarity to the flavors of plum and tobacco. Finishes with very good tannic spine and length.
Saturated with cherry and strawberry fruit, this wine's tannins feel luxurious, whipped into to a texture that makes the wine both graceful and a little dull. It's dark and chocolate-rich, with super-ripe scents of raisins and florals, along with some fresher notes of mint and herbs. Enjoy it after five to six years of age with a steak.