Château-Malartic-Lagraviere Pessac Léognan 2009 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Château-Malartic-Lagraviere Pessac Léognan 2009

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Château-Malartic-Lagraviere Pessac Léognan 2009


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The Domaine de Lagravière was purchased in 1803 by Pierre de Malartic, whose uncle, Comte de Malartic, battled against the British in Canada, bringing fame to the name and creating the martime theme associated with the estate. The Malartic name was applied to the estate after 1850. The estate has belonged to the Bonnie family since 1997, with Michel Rolland as a consulting enologist. The red vineyard is 100 acres in size with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Brand Château-Malartic-Lagraviere
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Wine SpectatorPacked and very backward, with taut tobacco, iron and bittersweet cocoa notes up front, while the core of crushed plum, roasted fig and cassis flavors is held in reserve. Lots of chalky grip marks the finish, where the fruit drips in the background. Best from 2015 through 2022. 7,500 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012
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Wine AdvocateProbably the best wine that has come from this estate, along with their 2005, the final blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot boasts Michel Rolland as the consulting oenologist. This organically farmed vineyard has turned out a deeply layered wine with a striking perfume of graphite, wet stones, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and underbrush. The compelling aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied but intensely concentrated wine with loads of ripe fruit, plenty of glycerin (14% natural alcohol) and a long, nuanced, impressively endowed finish. Accessible already, this wine should continue to drink well for 15 or more years.

Robert Parker, February 2012