Château Malartic Lagravière 2018 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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Experts Reviews

92/100
Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
96/100
Score de Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast
91/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
15/20
Score du Figaro
Le Figaro Vin
93-94/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
92-95/
Score de vinous
Vinous
95/
Score de The Wine Insider
Jeff Leve

Composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc and aged in 70% new oak barriques, the 2018 Malartic Lagraviere has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and pronounced notions of stewed black and red plums, boysenberries and cassis on the nose, with hints of hoisin, dried Provence herbs and unsmoked cigars. The medium-bodied palate has a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness to support the black fruit preserves flavors, finishing savory.
92
points on 100
Despite its weight, this is a well-crafted wine. It combines richness with sophisticated tannins, dense black fruits and considerable potential. Ripe berry flavors give depth. Drink this wine from 2026.
96
points on 100
Fresh, forward style with a nice burst of bing cherry preserves as well as plum sauce, melted red licorice and singed vanilla notes. Juicy, friendly finish has a late tug of tar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2030. 10,000 cases made.
91
points on 100
Freshness and depth to this wine with blackberry, blueberry and crushed-stone character on the nose and palate. Full and flavorful, yet with underlying reserve.
93-94
points on 100
Un vin bien équilibré, encore sur la retenue, aromatique malgré tout et avec pas mal de punch en bouche.
15
points on 20
The 2018 Malartic Lagravière is powerful, rich and explosive, all while retaining a mid-weight sense of structure. Black cherry, plum, gravel, chocolate, leather, lavender spice and licorice all run through this driving, juicy Pessac Léognan. I very much admire the weight and substance here. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with the Cabernet very much front and center. Tasted three times.
92-95
points on 100
Deep in color, this beauty pops with licorice, smoke, tobacco, coffee and roasted, deep red fruits on the nose. Lush, round, fruity and creamy, with waves of sweet black, red and blue fruits that keep on coming. Give this at least 5-7 years in the cellar and enjoy it for the following 2 decades after that. The wine blends 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
95
points on 100

Description

Domaine de Lagravière, recognized since time immemorial for its excellent terroir, was purchased at the end of the eighteenth century by the family of Count Hippolyte de Maurès de Malartic. Serving the armies of the Kings of France, this Admiral fought against the English on the many seas of the world, showing special bravery in 1756 during the battle of Quebec.

The estate was then bought in 1850 by Madame Arnaud Ricard, who added the name Malartic to that of Lagravière as a tribute to the former owners.

After land reorganisation and the acquisition of some small plots, the estate took on the form which it was to keep until the 1950s. The Marly family were the last of the Ricard ancestry to run the Château. Of particular note, Jacques Marly was estate manager from 1947 to 1990. Having enjoyed an excellent reputation from the beginning of the nineteenth century, Château Malartic-Lagravière was one of only six properties in Bordeaux to enter the 1953 Graves classification for both its red and white wines.

At the end of 1996, the Château entered a new era with the arrival of the Bonnie family.

Today, the taste for adventure still runs through the veins of those that shape its destiny.After a brief period under the stewardship of champagne maker Laurent-Perrier, a new course was set in late 1996 when Alfred-Alexandre and Michèle Bonnie bought the estate. Beginning in 1997, this Belgian couple embarked on an extensive programme of changes. Assisted from 2003 by their son Jean-Jacques and his wife Séverine, and joined by their eldest daughter, Véronique and husband Bruno in 2008, the Château is in good hands!Their top priority is to instil quality at all levels: the care lavished on the vines is worthy of the estate’s superb viticultural heritage and the ultra efficient wine making facilities installed in 1997 are still among the most sophisticated in Bordeaux.The cellars, function rooms, Château and park provide a superb setting that reflects the high quality of the wines. As a result of all these efforts, Malartic-Lagravière has regained the splendour that earned its wines their international reputation…and the adventure is now a family affair!


Terroir

Château Malartic-Lagravière is situated on a high terrace that has been deeply etched by the Eau Blanche stream and its tributaries. It sits on 8-meter-deep deposits of gravelly soil dating from the Quaternary period.The evocative name of ‘Lagravière’ underlines the great quality manifest in the soils of this vineyard, reputed for its location on the finest gravel hillock in Léognan.

Whilst the layer of gravel makes for excellent surface drainage, the shell-rich limestone sub-soil, made up of fossils from warm seas and veins of clay, store large amounts of water. This ensures an adequate supply for the vine, even during the most severe droughts.

The permeable soil, perfect amounts of sunshine and limited vulnerability to the vagaries of the weather are all favourable factors. These have been further enhanced by the ‘sur mesure’ – tailored approach to the management of the vines that has been pursued by the Bonnie family ever since their arrival.


Winemaking

Designed with architect Bernard Mazières in 1998, the winery was one of the first to adopt a grape transport system entirely by gravity: after manual harvests and double sorting on vibrating tables, grapes are transported to the vats and then to the barrels only by gravity. The vat room is also highly innovative. Its octagonal layout houses 20 stainless steel vats and 10 wooden ones, all conical and temperature-controlled. Being small, each one can accommodate the fruit from specific plots for individual vinification.




After blending, the wine is left to age in a 1200-barrel capacity air-conditioned cellar with controlled humidity levels. 25 to 35% of the barrels are replaced every year with new ones from the best coopers.

A smaller 200-barrel capacity cellar is reserved for the white wines.The tasting room is located between the two cellars and it is here, with the greatest of care, that the blending is carried out. With the advice of oenologist Michel Rolland, the owners and the cellar master create a blend that will give appropriate structure to the complexity and elegance that characterizes the wines of Malartic-Lagravière, thereby producing wines with a potential to age.




Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Malartic Lagravière
  • Type of wine
    Classified Growth
  • Appellation
    Pessac-Léognan
  • Superficy
    46 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    31 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    80% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2026 and 2042
  • Wine apogee
    2034
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 46 hectares by Château Malartic Lagravière. The average age of the vines is 31 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 80% of new barrels.

Pessac-Léognan

The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.