Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere (Futures Pre-sale) 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
"Ripe fruit, with great packed spicy wood, sweet tannins and black currant fruit flavors.
Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points
"(a blend of 59% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot, and 3% petit verdot; 13.6% alcohol; pH 3.7; 75 IPT) Inky purple. The initially closed nose opens slowly with air to reveal very ripe black plum and blackberry syrup aromas complicated by underbrush and plenty of sweet oak. Enters soft and creamy, but with lively acids framing the ripe black fruit and herbal flavors. Finishes long and very minerally, with a dense, tactile mouth feel. This very impressive wine borders on overripeness yet manages to stay fresh and lively. The dusty tannins will require at least a few years of bottle aging to resolve fully.
Barrel Sample: 91-94 Points
International Wine Cellar
"Aromas of blueberries, spices and bark follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long silky textured finish. Very fine indeed. Best ever from here. Try it in 2017. "
"Intense aromas of licorice, tar and spices, with plenty of fruit. Full, thick and powerful, with soft, round tannins and a fruity finish. Could use a little more fruit center palate, but this is very good.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points
"Probably 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.
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