Chateau Malartic Lagraviere 2004

90 points

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France. 13%

An open knit style of wine with a dash of sweet oak.  Less freshly floral/herbal than the 2004 Margaux I’ve been trying lately, but with a herbaceous tone instead.  Lovely core of sweet fruit.

I expect this wine will live for a long while due to its charming balance, but it drinks early.  I’m not scoring it as high as similarly priced Margaux 2004 because it seems less complex, but I have reservations about my judgement – charming wines can be deceptive (charm isn’t necessarily simplicity), they can just get better and better.

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