94 points, Robert Parker
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. This is a brilliant wine.
Château Malartic Lagraviére
It was one of only six châteaux to have both its red and white wines classified in the 1959 Graves Classification, and since then, the estate has become a very modern winemaking establishment.
The château was originally purchased at the end of the 18th Century by the family of Count Hippolyte de Maurés de Malartic, an admiral who served in the French navy, notably during the Battle of Quebec in 1756; his legacy is commemorated with an 18th-century ship on the wine label.
The flagship red is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, with an almost equal amount of Merlot, depending on the vintage, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The dry Blanc is predominately Sauvignon Blanc with a small percentage of Semillon.
A prestigious appellation recognized for its high-quality red and white wines. It lies immediately to the south of Bordeaux where all the finest vineyards are located.
Red wines are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. They are beautifully balanced with fine tannins and exhibits notes of tobacco, cassis, dark cherry and leather as well as some minerality.
In general, wines are more fragrant and a little lighter in body than the finest wines of Haut-Medoc (immediate north of Bordeaux). Wines tend to mature more quickly, though not as quickly as the Merlot dominated Pomerol or Saint Emilion.
The region is also famous for its white wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.