Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

$74.99

Perhaps the strongest wine I have ever tasted from Malartic Lagraviere, the 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of creme 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 Lagraviere ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Michael Meagher MS Delectable Pro

Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille

Still tight and sinewy, loaded with gravelly minerality, a fair dose of oak, and chewy black plum skin, black raspberry compote, tobacco leaf and freshly cut cedar. Easily capable of another decade in the bottle. Probably more restrained than a lot of people would like to see, but this is totally my style.

Still tight and sinewy, loaded with gravelly minerality, a fair dose of oak, and chewy black plum skin, black raspberry compote, tobacco leaf and freshly cut cedar. Easily capable of another decade in the bottle. Probably more restrained than a lot of people would like to see, but this is totally my style.

9.5

Kevin Walsh Delectable Pro

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

Very good, but not entirely balanced.

Very good, but not entirely balanced.

8.5

Sylvain Rhainds

2005

2005

9.1

Pierre Gourinchas

Full strength. Drink now. Complex, strawberries!

Full strength. Drink now. Complex, strawberries!

9.2

Chris Langstaff

Still lovely, but lacks some structure and dies rather quickly where I would have expected it to last. Smells of wet earthy tones.

Still lovely, but lacks some structure and dies rather quickly where I would have expected it to last. Smells of wet earthy tones.

8.9

Paul Jakubowski

30+ minute decant but needed much much more. Medium purple color. Nose of menthol and and cherry. French Bordeaux isn’t blatantly obvious. Wine is fruit forward with minimal terroir. Wine is very soft with a medium finish. Not my favorite from this vintage and probably better wines at this price point.

30+ minute decant but needed much much more. Medium purple color. Nose of menthol and and cherry. French Bordeaux isn’t blatantly obvious. Wine is fruit forward with minimal terroir. Wine is very soft with a medium finish. Not my favorite from this vintage and probably better wines at this price point.

9.2

Chris Langstaff

Far too tight upon opening, but after 2 hours in a decanter, it opened up well and became a beautifully structured classic. Could age another 10 years for sure, or open it well in advance of your meal, and enjoy it!

Far too tight upon opening, but after 2 hours in a decanter, it opened up well and became a beautifully structured classic. Could age another 10 years for sure, or open it well in advance of your meal, and enjoy it!

9.2

Pierre Gourinchas

Excellent. Well below its peak.

Excellent. Well below its peak.

9.0

Stanislav Lobanov

17/20 (92/100) Нота кожи в первом носе; в развитии спелая вишня, красная смородина, чёрный шоколад, молотый перец, лавровый лист. Тельное с высокой кислотностью и мощными, но мягкие и бархатистыми по текстуре танинами. Насыщенное во вкусе. Молодое, готовое, но всё ещё с потенциалом к дальнейшему развитию.

17/20 (92/100) Нота кожи в первом носе; в развитии спелая вишня, красная смородина, чёрный шоколад, молотый перец, лавровый лист. Тельное с высокой кислотностью и мощными, но мягкие и бархатистыми по текстуре танинами. Насыщенное во вкусе. Молодое, готовое, но всё ещё с потенциалом к дальнейшему развитию.

9.2

JB RAY

Grand pessac qui commence à s ouvrir , fruit , tabac on est encore sur les arômes primaires ( je ne dirais pas qui mais y en a un qui l a mis en Loire , léger nez de poivron à l ouverture

Grand pessac qui commence à s ouvrir , fruit , tabac on est encore sur les arômes primaires ( je ne dirais pas qui mais y en a un qui l a mis en Loire , léger nez de poivron à l ouverture

9.1

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