2011 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc

Bordeaux Blanc - 750ML
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REVIEWS

WE 96 JS 94 WS 94 JL 92 NM 91
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, May 2012

95-97. Barrel sample. This wine is rich with flavors of tropical fruit and citrus, with judicious wood aging and fine concentration. ROGER VOSS
JS 94

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.
WS 94

Wine Spectator, June 2012

(91-94 points) This blazes with chalk, lime, thyme and white asparagus notes that are very defined, with a long, chiseled, herb- and salt-driven finish. — JM
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2014

Fresh citrus, floral, grapefruit, white peach and vanilla aromas open to a fresh, bright, lemon, lime filled wine that offers crisp, refreshing citrus and notes in the finish. 92 Points Read more...
NM 91

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...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011
Size 750ML

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.