Château Malartic Lagraviere Grand Cru Classé De Graves Pessac-Léognan 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine, $76.49-$89.99, 93+ points, appeared an indiscernible color from the Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien's leggy glass wall, its clear rim, purple/red colors which trended deep ruby and terminated black at the core.
However, the nose revealed a big difference: toasty plum and a profuse coffee with black grape smells abounded.
This Bordeaux was more full bodied, smoother, and more opulent as well, yet with good acidity and restrained moderate tannin (Very drinkable now), the flavors of ripe sweet fig, damson plum, hints of mulberry and blackberry were wonderfully delicious!
Finished long on the trailing palate with moderate heat (14.5% alcohol), an intensifying tannin, mint, and gentle spice notes.
Varietals were 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.
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