2010 Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Rouge (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91-94
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 86-89?
Jeff Leve: 92-94
James Suckling: 94-95
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"A broad swath of damson plum, blackberry and anise rolls along, followed by spice, black tea and black licorice notes on the dense finish. Serious grip is buried here as well." (WS)

"A beautiful wine from proprietor Alexandre Bonnie’s 115-acre vineyard, this blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot hit 14% natural alcohol. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was late, ending on October 18. The wine’s dense purple color is followed by aromas of vanillin, smoked herbs, tobacco leaf, black currants and blackberries. This rich, elegant Pessac-Leognan is loaded with potential. It should drink well in 3-4 years and evolve for 20-25." (WA)

"(45% each merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot) Inky-ruby. Initially closed nose opens slowly with air to reveal hints of blueberry, violet and oak. On the palate, the oak vies for attention with the rich, syrupy black fruit, cedar and underbrush flavors. Serious tannins leave the mouth coated dry on the long finish. Should the fruit outlive the tannins, my score will look ungenerous. Today I'm not convinced that this wine will come around, but, in fairness, many other early tasters seemed to like it more than I did." (IWC)

"Blasting off with licorice, oak, jammy blackberries and truffle, this concentrated, deep, full bodied, lush, Bordeaux wine is filled with anise and blackberry." (JL)

"This is impressive, with a gorgeous palate of super velvety tannins and ultra-ripe fruit. Full and caressing yet muscular and powerful. Tasted three times. Best ever.$$" (JS)