Deep color with hints of mauve and purple. Intense, elegant complex nose with spice, toast, black fruit and mineral aromas. Powerful and full-bodied attack, evolving mid-palate to full, dense fruit flavors. A balanced whole with silky, delicate tannins and a lingering aromatic finish.
"Like many former Bordeaux underachievers, Malartic-Lagraviere has been making beautifully elegant, classic/textbook Pessac-Leognans under a relatively new Belgian administration. Plum, cassis, smoked herb, tobacco, and licorice-like scents emerge from the medium dark garnet-tinged 2003. Dry tannins in the finish do not detract from the wine's overall seductive personality. While this is not one of Malartic-Lagraviere’s finest successes over recent years, it is an excellent wine to enjoy over the next 10-12 years
The Wine Advocate