This large estate of 131 acres has been run brilliantly by a Belgian family, the Bonnies since their acquisition a number of years ago. The quality of the white and red have soared to exceptional heights, and this is certainly still one of the more realistically priced wines of Pessac-Léognan and classified crus. The 2012 is a beauty, with a dense ruby/purple color, a fabulously plush, opulent texture and medium to full-bodied flavors of cassis, spicy earth and blueberry. Quite rich, yet light on its feet, this is an absolutely textbook Pessac-Lèognan, with wonderfully velvety tannins. Drink it now, or drink it in 25 years. This is a brilliant wine. Drink 2015-2040.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
This Belgian-owned estate has been making brilliant white and red Graves. Another beauty in a more difficult vintage than either 2009 or 2010, the 2012 Malartic Lagraviere is further evidence of how successful this vintage was in Pessac-Leognan. It possesses a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of creme de cassis, licorice, bay leaf, lead pencil shavings and barbecue smoke. Medium to full-bodied and richly fruity with soft tannin, surprising length and an impressive mid-palate (a rarity in 2012), it should drink well for 15 years. Drink: 2013 - 2028
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
This shows lots of precision and focus with blueberry, mineral and dried fruit character. Full body, fine tannins and a silky finish. Refined and composed. Better in 2019.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
Very fine and elegant with a sliced plum, chocolate and tobacco character. Full and refined with pretty texture and a long finish. This has polish for the vintage. Clearly better than 2011.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
The 2012 Malartic-Lagraviere is fabulous. Dark, savory and totally alluring, the 2012 is super-expressive at this stage. Chalk, gravel, smoke, cured meats, tobacco and wild herbs flesh out in a deep, substantial wine that should drink well for the next two decades-plus. With time in the glass, the 2012 turns darker, rich and more layered. Readers won't want to miss this delicious Pessac Léognan from Malartic-Lagravière. The 2012 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Drink 2018-2038.
|Score: 93+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
Rich ripe fruit fills out the nose and the start of the palate. Cassis and black cherry are underpinned by fresh bramble and this freshness and the firm tannins tend to hold back the fruit sweetness but the finish has depth and richness of flavour. 2018-30
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|
Very dark crimson. Smells rather leafy and Cabernet-dominated. Aromatic, then very sweet, then firm and with sandy tannins on the finish. Angular and more long term than many. Ambitious. There is great polish here. Calm finish (no heat). I admire the dryness and appetising, rather than palate-drying, tannins. Grown-up wine.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Deep ruby colour. The nose is bright with blueberry and black cherry fruit and a slight toast from oak. The palate is polished with soft, smooth and rounded tannins giving a lovely texture to accompany a juicy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit core. The finish is long and lifted by refreshing acidity. This is a really charming, rounded wine that will give excellent early drinking pleasure. This must be the best Bordeaux 2012 you can buy at this price. Superb value for money.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2015|
This Pessac Leognan property has been making excellent wines in the past few vintages. A smoky Graves nose with red and black cherry fruit and a hint of sweet spice. Good weight of fruit on the palate with ripe chewy tannins. Blueberries, black cherry, smoke and toast dominate the palate which is well balanced by acidity.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, March 2013|