The nose is packed full of fresh red fruits, crisp autumn leaves and tobacco. The palate is rich and dense with darker fruits showing through alongside wild herbs. Starting to drink now and with another 10 years life ahead of it.
Robert Parker"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 and richness, 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 ...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesConcentrated cherry-like fruit sits at the heart of this carefully composed youngster while highlights of green olives, loam and a dash of sweet oak add richness and range. Nicely integrated tannins provide very claret-like structure yet stop short of being in any way tough, and, if fully ripened, the wine shows a fine sense of polish and should reach its top form with a wait of but five or six years.
Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 5/07