2011 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc
Bordeaux Blanc - 1.5L

  • JS 94
  • IWC 93
  • NM 91

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JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2014
This white feels almost like a red, with dense fruit, chewy texture and lots of phenolic character. Intense finish. Powerful young wine. Give it three to four years. Try in 2017.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2012
Bright pale golden straw. Intense white peach green apricot pear nectar and talcum powder on the complex nose. The palate shows slightly austere flavors of fresh citrus and gooseberry complemented by rosemary and sage... Bright pale golden straw. Intense white peach green apricot pear nectar and talcum powder on the complex nose. The palate shows slightly austere flavors of fresh citrus and gooseberry complemented by rosemary and sage. Finishes long and pure with polished wood tannins. This very serious extremely well made white wine will age effortlessly thanks to its luminous acidity.
NM 91
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The 2011 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc has a superb bouquet with vigorous aromas of lime kiwi fruit and dewy green apples. It has real intensity and great definition. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine balance light... The 2011 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc has a superb bouquet with vigorous aromas of lime kiwi fruit and dewy green apples. It has real intensity and great definition. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine balance light white peach and a touch of spice and offering a pleasant quite phenolic finish that just cuts away rather quickly. I believe this will show better after bottling.
JJB 98
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, April 2012
80% sauvignon and 20% semillon. Planted on deep gravel atop a complex mixed clay and limestone subsoil. Barrel fermented in 50% new and 50% one-year-old oak. Packed with aromas of honey beeswax lemon oil white peach and... 80% sauvignon and 20% semillon. Planted on deep gravel atop a complex mixed clay and limestone subsoil. Barrel fermented in 50% new and 50% one-year-old oak. Packed with aromas of honey beeswax lemon oil white peach and orange rind. Beautifully complex and richly textured on the palate this is layered with notes of fennel and chalk but still bright and focused. Vibrant and fresh with persistent acidity driving lingering mineral flavors. Wow! Drink now and over the next 10+ years.
Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011

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.