2005 - Ch Malartic-Lagravière Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £812.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 90-92

    Packed with pretty aromatics of cinnamon and blueberry, the 2005 is smooth, ripe and elegant. A charming wine which will make for early drinking. Drink 90-92. Drink 2011-2025+

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 95

    Gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit along with some notes of cassis, charcoal and licorice jump from the glass of this inky purple wine. An absolutely fabulous success for Malartic Lagravière, this full-bodied wine has sweet tannin, and is complex and long. Drink it over the next 25 years. Bravo!

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 92

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

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 91-93

    The finest wine yet made under the auspices of Belgian proprietor Alexandre Bonnie, Malartic Lagraviere's classically elegant 2005 reveals a deep ruby/purple color, wonderful density andrichness, a sweet perfume of incense, spring flowers, blue and blackberries, scorched earth, and spice. While super rich in fruit as well as concentrated with medium body and superb precision, it remains a model of delicacy. Give this tasty Pessac-Leognan 4-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 25+ years. Drink 2011-2036

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 90-93

    This estate has been resurrected over the last decade under the inspired leadership of Belgian proprietor, Alexandre Bonnie. The incredibly elegant 2005 is a classic Graves offering wonderfully sweet aromas of berries, scorched earth, flowers, and spice. Elegant, vibrant, super-endowed, textured, rich, fresh, and lively, it should be approachable in 3-4 years, and last for 25 or more. Drink: 2009 - 2031.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 16.5

    Lots of colour. Very ripe fruit flavours - perhaps very very slightly over-ripe if one were to pick nits but it's a truly tiny one. Slightly dry tannins. Sweet raspberry fruit. Drink 2014-24.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 89-91

    Dried flowers and berry character. Hints of tobacco. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Medium finish. Not quite the 2000.

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Producer

Château Malartic-Lagravière

For many years, Malartic Lagravière was an underachiever. With high yields and poor viticulturalmanagement, it produced mediocre wines. However, in 1997 it was purchased by the Bonnie familywho have invested heavily in the estate creating a state-of-the-art chai that is so modern it could be featured in the next Bond film. Indeed, it even includes a cooling system that uses ultrasound to break up water particles which have been purified by ultraviolet rays. Wow. A second wine has further helped them harness better concentration and ripeness in their grand vin.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.