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Château Malartic-Lagravière

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2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière Réserve de Malartic  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Easy to like, and even easier to drink, as it's soft, round, forward, medium-bodied, ripe, smoky and filled with sweet, ripe, red berries. 89-91 Pts

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2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Almost opaque in color with violet, purple hues around the rim, the wine is intensely concentrated. Opulent, silky, sexy and dense, the necessary addition of acidity keeps this focused in the right direction. The fruit offers a spectrum of black and red berries, smoky licorice and espresso infused plums. The velvet textured finish comes with lift, energy and length. This is a very polished, seductive expression of the vineyard. Produced from a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. Aging will take place in 70% new, French oak barrels for 18-22 months. The harvest took place from September 26 to October 12 and 55% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. 94-96 Pts

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2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Crisp, stony, yellow citrus, lemon curd, vanilla and green apple are on the nose and in the palate. The wine has cut, definition and a mineral essence. You'll find juice, sweetness and refreshment with a core of ripe citrus in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, reaching 13.5% alcohol and will be aged in 55% new, French oak barrels.

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2017 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Lush, round, sensuously textured, smokey fruits with extra notes of espresso, wet earth, thyme and tobacco leaf hit your nose with ease. Round, soft, plush and loaded with ripe, dark red berries and a kiss of oak from start to finish, give this at least 7-8 years and could merit a higher score.

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The wine opens with the warm toke of a luxurious cigar brushed with graphite and rich with dark fruits. Lambskin texture, verve on the palette, polished, round and juicy, this wine is all fruit and lift with creamy but lively tannins. Using almost 40% less new oak than the previous vintage, the fruit demonstrates its charms early on. Produced from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The higher portion of Cabernet Sauvignon is due to the frost, which damaged mostly Merlot vines. The harvest took place from September 14 to October 3.

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2017 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Full, rich, fresh and floral, with a big blast of ripe, sweet, yellow citrus, vanilla, grapefruit and lemon peel. The orange on the back end comes in nicely in the long, citrus finish with just a dab of honey in all the right places.

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Floral in nature with a fine dusting of vanilla bean, a slather of lemon curd and a thin slice of pineapple, this wine is fresh and alive with lift, sweetness and snappy yellow fruit prompting a crisp, incisive finish. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, reaching 13% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new, French oak barrels.

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2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Deep in color, here you find a wine with concentration, round, supple textures and silky tannins, The fruit shows maturity with its sweetness and its serious depth of flavor. Full-bodied, plush and polished, the long intensive finish serves up dark, red berries, licorice, espresso and smoke. This will be a much better wine with age, so give it at least 7-8 years before opening a bottle, if you can wait that long!

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Round, plush, polished and with a great, silky mouth feel, there is depth of flavor on the palate, and complexity in the nose with its deep, dark cherry, thyme, espresso, smoke and wet earth. You find length, and richness with an espresso bean, fresh, dark cherry and cocoa loaded finish. This could be the best vintage for the red wine of Malartic Lagraviere.

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Espresso, smoke, licorice, blackberry and dark cherry notes are all over the place. Lusciously textured, round, concentrated and fleshy, the wine will offer a lot of pleasure if you can hold off for 6-8 years, allowing the oak the integrate, while it develops more complexities.

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Licorice, dark cherry, espresso and smoke create the character. Full bodied, richly, concentrated and intense, the fruit is fat, yet, crunchy, spicy and juicy. It offers volume, and freshness with depth of flavor. Until now, I thought the 2015 was the best vintage from Malartic, but it looks like I am going to change my mind, as this year is probably better. Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 29 to October 20.

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2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

It is a good combination of ripe, bright, yellow citrus, a drizzle of honey, dash of vanilla and hint of grapefruit here. The wine is juicy, crisp and refreshing, with a citrus in the finish.

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Rich, ripe, round and sweet, with lusciously textured, fresh lemon, lime, flowers, vanilla and honeysuckle, the wine is crisp, refreshing and ready to go.

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Lemon lime, flowers, and vanilla with a shot of grapefruit are out in the open. Luscious, yet crisp and refreshing, there is a lot of sweet fruit here with refreshing acidity giving it lift and complexity. Harvested from September 19 to September 26. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon.

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2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Luscious, silky, ripe, deep, dark red fruits are found from start to finish here. The wine is round, polished, full bodied and long. The fruit is sweet, ripe and leaves a lingering impression on the palate. In time, as the oak further integrates, this will be a super wine to enjoy over the next 2 decades.

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Velvet drenched black cherry, plum and licorice, with side notes of smoke, incense, espresso and truffle, the wine is rich, concentrated, opulent and finishes with silky, round tannins. There is length, volume and intensity with the ability to age for decades. This could be the finest vintage of Malartic Lagraviere produced yet!

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Still on target as the best vintage of Malartic Lagraviere yet, the wine is richly textured, lush, polished and smoky. There is a wealth of ripe, silky, soft fruits with depth of flavor and roundness n the tannins.

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This is probably the best vintage of Malartic Lagraviere to date! Soft, round and polished, with lush fruits and silky tannins, this wine has depth, texture and roundness -- but it is not for the oak averse. Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7. 93 - 95 Pts

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2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Luscious yellow fruits, vanilla, flowers and white peach create an intoxicating bouquet. The is the perfect amount of acidity to keep all the sweet, ripe, fruits in check, leaving you a slightly honeyed, just squeezed, bright, citrus finish.

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Unctuous, with multiple waves of pomelo, lemon and vanilla bean. The wine is vibrant, refreshing, long and rich, with a slightly honeyed, citrus finish.

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Fresh-squeezed pomelo, lemon zest and vanilla start the fragrant aromatics, this long, fresh, clean wine is packed with lively, vanilla, lemon, orange and green apple that really stick with you. Harvested from September 8 to September 15, the wine was produced from a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon.

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2014 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

With a round, silky, texture, the wine shows plenty of smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso bean and ripe, juicy, plums. There is depth of flavor and fruit in the finish that carries through. The wine was made from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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Plush, polished and lush with richness, concentration and a silky, round, fruit-filled finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot at 13.5% alcohol. 91-92 Pts

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2014 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Lots of depth, freshness, juicy, ripe, yellow citrus, grapefruit, vanilla bean, flowers, spice and honey going on here. All that ripe, juicy, fruit, balances quite nicely with the acidity that shines through from start to finish.

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Kicking off with grapefruit, lemon peel and vanilla, this cheerful, fresh, zippy wine serves up a blast of vanilla and citrus zest in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.

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2013 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Ready to drink, with a translucent, ruby hue, there are elements of licorice, fresh herbs, cherry, coffee bean and earth in the perfume. Medium bodied, with very little tannin, the short finish shows freshness to the sweet, cherry fruit, with a touch of dusty, herbs in the end note. This is not a wine to age, I'd drink it over the next 5 years or so.

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Successful for the vintage, due to low yields and selection, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot opens with a nose built of espresso, thyme, dark cherry and earthy, smoky aromatics. Medium bodied, with round tannins, the wine ends with oak tinged, cherries and plums.

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Licorice, dark berries and softly textured fruit comprise this nose. The wine ends with a sweet, but dusty, cherry finish. From a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 89-91 Pts

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2013 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

This continues developing complexity and richness while better integrating the oak, fruit, sweetness and acidity. There is good weight, freshness, lush textures and loads of sweet, ripe, yellow citrus, flowers and a background note of tropical fruits. This is a good time to start drinking this wine.

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Nice volume, length and freshness going on here, which helps all the crushed stone, vanilla, sweet citrus and floral character that is the hallmark of this wine.

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Fresh, lively citrus rind and zippy acidity make this wine come alive, while the rich fruits and crisp lemon wax finish carries throughout. 91-93 Pts

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2012 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Showing good dark color, the wine has a soft, round, character with concentration and richness. There are ample sweet, ripe dark, smoky berries that remain from with you from start to finish.

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Truffle, cocoa powder and blackberry scents are easy to find. On the palate, the wine is rich, soft, polished and round with a sweet, ripe and fresh black cherry finish. 90-92 Pts

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2012 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

This nose really grabs your attention with its showy perfume of flowers, citrus, honeydew, grapefruit and marmalade. The wine is concentrated, fresh and vibrant, with a real sense of lift that balances the natural sweetness of the fruit in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon and reached 14% alcohol.

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Citrus peel, stone, grapefruit and honeysuckle scents, fleshy, concentrated, ripe and refreshing, the wine ends with sweet Meyer lemons and a hint of pineapple. 91-93 Pts

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2011 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 89

Medium bodied, soft, approachable and already open, the wine delivers sweet black cherries and espresso notes along with its earthy palate. Drink this lighter style of wine young, to preserve its fruit.

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From 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and a bit of Petit Verdot, the wine delivers coffee, licorice, smoke and blackberry. Medium bodied in weight with some dryness in the tannins, the wine ends with blackberry and cherry. 88-91 Pts

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2011 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Fresh citrus, floral, grapefruit, white peach and vanilla aromas open to a fresh, bright, lemon, lime filled wine that offers crisp, refreshing citrus and notes in the finish.

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With ample freshness, the wine pops with citrus, vanilla, lemon and lime sensations. 92-94 Pts

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2010 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

It's going to be fun tasting and debating the merits of 2009 vs 2010 Bordeaux. With many wines, I prefer the flamboyant style of the 2009. But that is not the case here. The 2010 has more depth, length and complexity. There is a beautiful, rounded freshness that makes you keep going back to the glass for another sip.

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With an aromatic display filled with espresso bean, licorice and black cherry liqueur, this rich, opulent, polished wine is a winner. From a blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine ends with a with a sweet, ripe, silky, pure finish.

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Malartic Lagraviere Blasting off with licorice, oak, jammy blackberries and truffle, this concentrated, deep, full bodied , lush wine is filled with anise and blackberry. 92-94 Pts

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2010 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

The wine has picked up steam, dropped some of its youthful ok trappings and offers more invigorating, lemon, lime, pomelo and floral sensations. Rich in texture, yet with an equal amount of lift, this is really good in your glass today.

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Crisp, fresh, citrus, lemon, lime, floral and grapefruit notes get you going. The wine is zippy, refreshing and delivers a blast of sweet, fresh, citrus fruits in the finish.

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Pale yellow in color, honeydew, citrus and spicy notes open the wine. Medium bodied with sweet fruits, soft textures and citrus.

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2009 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

Juicy lemons, tangerine rind, vanilla, banana and grapefruit create a complex perfume. On the palate, the wine is even better with its volume, freshness and juicy, sweet, ripe fruits. The wine balances between perfectly lushness and freshness. At 10 years of age, this is really starting to kick in!

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This is really showing great today. All those beautiful, perfectly ripe citrus fruits, floral notes and crushed rock tones are making a great impression. The long finish combines sweet, yellow fruits, green apple and a touch of honeysuckle with minerality and just a hint of vanilla with ample freshness.

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Loads of sweet, fresh, citrus flavors with a dash of honey and floral notes. The wine has depth coupled with freshness and complexity that really shine through. This has gotten much better with a few years of age.

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Minerality, spring flowers, citrus, spice, honeydew melon and orange rind create the complex aromas. Soft, round, rich and elegant, the wine is loaded with fresh, pure citrus and stone.

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With strong notes of citrus oil, lemon wax, apples and spice, the wine combines rich textures and freshness that ends with a mineral driven, lemon wax finish.

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2009 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Luscious, richly textured, round, forward and velvety, the wine is concentrate, silky, smoky and fresh. You can drink this young, if you like forward styled fruits and silky tannins, or you can easily wait a decade for more secondary notes. Either way, this is just great stuff.

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This is a very nice style of wine, with its soft, opulent fruits, smoky aromas and round finish. And it's only going to get better from here.

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Deep in color, it requires little effort to find the truffle, tobacco, smoke and dark cherry aromatics. Sensuous in texture, this lush wine from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot offers freshness, concentration and a long, deep, multi-layered finish.

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2009 Malartic La Graviere is a deeply colored wine that opens with smoke, crushed stone, black fruit, and cassis aromatics. Rich and full bodied, the round textured wine finishes with a blast of licorice, cassis, and juicy blackberries. 92/94 Pts

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2008 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

At 10 years of age, this continues developing along a positive curve. Still showing a depth in the color, the nose offers truffle, cedar, tobacco, espresso, pepper and plums. The tannins are plush, giving the wine a polished character, but there is some oak in the finish, that takes away from the experience.

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Malartic La Graviere opens with tobacco, black cherry, cappuccino and earthy scents. Soft in texture, with round tannins and a plush style, the wine finishes with a sweet chocolate covered, dark cherry finish.

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2008 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

At 10 years of age, this is really coming on strong. The wine is fresh, stony, citrusy and delivers a ripe, sweet, crisp, citrus filled finish. Sweet and fresh, with good energy, this is really quite strong today. I am not sure if it gets better, but it's just great today, so why wait?.

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2007 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Vanilla, lemon wax, orange rind, grapefruit and spice scents open to a concentrated, lush, balanced white Bordeaux wine that ends with a roasted nut and citrus oil finish.

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2006 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Really showing its stuff at 10 years of age. The fresh, zippy, stony, bright yellow fruits are ripe, sweet, crisp and refreshing. There is a slight honeyed note at the end that rounds out all the acidity, making you want to go back for another sip.

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This is a really fine, white Bordeaux wine packed with fresh, zesty lemons, grapefruit, green apple, vanilla bean, stone and honeysuckle. Rich, lively and fresh, drink this now, or age it another few years, either way, you're going to like it.

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2006 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

If you're ever looking for an example of a wine that improved with age, look no further. This once ugly duckling has kicked it up from start to finish. The smoky, licorice, tobacco, earth and black cherry nose gets you. Lush, poised and polished on the palate, the wine is sweet, ripe, fresh and long.

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2005 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

At 13, this is still youthful, but it is developing well. The oak, which has been more noticeable, has been receding. The wine is fleshy, fresh and offers its lush, round, ripe, dark fruits, licorice and earthy nuances with ease. The wine continued improving in the glass for several hours, so this should age well.

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With effort, incense, dark fruits, smoke, licorice and earthy aromas, along with the vanilla tinged, espresso bean notes of youth come out. Plush, round and polished, the finish is elegant, but much of this wine remains in reserve. Still quite young and almost primary, a few hours of air helps, as will additional time in the cellar.

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Medium bodied, with a nose packed with tobacco, smoke, dark red fruits and wet earthy aromatics. The wine is slightly more intriguing on the nose, than on the fresh, cherry centered finish.

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Not the most complex wine, but it is a real crowd pleaser. Spicy, soft and polished with good intensity. Will drink young.

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2005 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

With a developed nose offering floral, honeyed lemon peel, citrus, stone, and lemon lime aromas. The medium bodied wine is fresh, spicy and vibrant and can be njoyed now, or aged for at least another 5 years.

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2004 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Light, bright and showing a distinctive olive tapenade note, with its fresh red berry character, this will best over the next few years.

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2004 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Fully evolved, the wine has taken on a yellow-gold hue, matching its developed nose of honeysuckle, citrus, flowers, yellow tropical fruit, and green apple profile. Medium-bodied, and slightly oily in texture, but in a good way, the fruit offers sweetness and lift, with just a touch of honey from the Semillon in the finish. If you have been waiting to pop a cork, your wait is over as you should drink this over the next few years.

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2003 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Medium-bodied and already on the start of its downslope into a gentle decline, the wine combines dark red fruits, figs, smoke, licorice, cocoa and tobacco with round textures and a short finish. This is not a bottle to hold for further development.

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2001 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Medium/full bodied, fully mature with round textures, soft tannins and showing its licorice, tobacco, smoky, black cherry, espresso and plum characteristics quite easily. This is ready for prime time drinking. It should remain at his stage for at least a decade.

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2000 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Nice wine here, with load of fresh, ripe, sweet, spicy, earthy, dark red fruits, with a side of smoke, tobacco, cigar wrapper, wet earth, thyme and cedar. Elegant, refined and soft, enjoy this now, or give it a few more years.

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1998 Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Even better with more age, this was so much fun to taste, it was impossible to put the glass down. Round, plush and rich, with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, dark red fruits, earth, smoke, truffle, mocha, licorice and pipe tobacco, the wine tasted as good as it felt. Enjoyed from a magnum, so I imagine standard bottles are at peak.

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Fully mature, this has developed quite nicely. The smoky, tobacco, cigar box nose has a spicy complexity that adds to the ripe, dark red berries. Silky, soft in texture, with length in the finish, this is drinking really well today.

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