2010 Malartic-Lagraviere Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • JS 95
  • NM 95
  • WA 94
  • WS 94
  • JL 94

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JS 95
jamessuckling.com, April 2011
This is impressive with a gorgeous palate of super velvety tannins and ultra-ripe fruit. Full and caressing yet muscular and powerful. Tasted three times. Best ever.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
The Malartic-Lagraviere has a very well defined quite floral bouquet with crushed violets small dark cherries and a touch of dark plum. Very good clarity and refinement. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins... The Malartic-Lagraviere has a very well defined quite floral bouquet with crushed violets small dark cherries and a touch of dark plum. Very good clarity and refinement. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins very good acidity lending tension and focus towards the finish. This is a fantastic Pessac that deserves a long-term berth in your cellar.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: A beautiful wine from proprietor Alexandre Bonnie's 115-acre vineyard this blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot hit 14% natural alcohol. The Cabernet Sauvignon... 2010: A beautiful wine from proprietor Alexandre Bonnie's 115-acre vineyard this blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot hit 14% natural alcohol. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was late ending on October 18. The wine's dense purple color is followed by aromas of vanillin smoked herbs tobacco leaf black currants and blackberries. This rich elegant Pessac-Leognan is loaded with potential. It should drink well in 3-4 years and evolve for 20-25.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, March 2011
A broad swath of damson plum blackberry and anise rolls along followed by spice black tea and black licorice notes on the dense finish. Serious grip is buried here as well. -J.M.
JL 94
TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Blasting off with licorice oak jammy blackberries and truffle this concentrated deep full bodied lush wine is filled with anise and blackberry.
JJB 95
JJ Buckley, April 2011
Potentially 45% cabernet sauvignon 45% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. From a 46-hectare "hillock" of gravelly soil with a clay and shell limestone with an average vine age of 25 years. Malartic-Lagraviere... Potentially 45% cabernet sauvignon 45% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. From a 46-hectare "hillock" of gravelly soil with a clay and shell limestone with an average vine age of 25 years. Malartic-Lagraviere has been completely renovated and now uses gravity flow for its winemaking. No use of chemical herbicides or insecticides and deleafing is done manually. Yields were 36 hls/ha. Seeing more new oak than many wines from the AOC (with 15-22 months of aging in 50-70% new barrels) it's one of only six estates in all of Bordeaux that is classified for both its whites and its reds. There is great terroir on the nose with lots of elegant soil expression fresh tobacco violet and restrained power. Smooth and approachable on the palate it is richly structured in fruit leading to a velvety mouth feel. Shows appreciable lift on the finish as the fruit comes back for an encore and the tannins expand. Big and powerful this is a top effort in 2010. Michel Rolland and Athanase Fakorellis jointly consult on this wine.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2010

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The red wine of Malartic-Lagraviere is typically 50+% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38–45% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Franc and/or Petit Verdot. Michel Rolland serves as consulting enologist.

Winery

Malartic-Lagraviere

Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere of Pessac-Leognan is one of only six Bordeaux chateaux that have both red and white classified wines.

Originally Domaine de Lagraviere, the estate was purchased at the end of the 18th century by the family of Count Hippolyte de Maures de Malartic, an admiral who served in the French Navy. The estate was then bought in 1850 by Madame Arnaud Ricard, who added the name Malartic to that of Lagraviere as a tribute to the former owners.

Located on the oldest wine-producing terroir in Bordeaux, Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere’s vineyard is on a high terrace of 8-meter-deep gravelly soil over limestone and clay. It covers 53 hectares planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

in 1998, the winery became one of the first to adopt a fully gravity-driven grape transport system. 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.