2011 Malartic-Lagraviere Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

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Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The 2011 Malartic Lagraviere has a ripe blackberry and mulberry scented bouquet with good fruit extraction and purity perhaps a little more refined than the de Fieuzal tasted alongside. The palate is medium-bodied with... The 2011 Malartic Lagraviere has a ripe blackberry and mulberry scented bouquet with good fruit extraction and purity perhaps a little more refined than the de Fieuzal tasted alongside. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy almost mouth puckering tannins. It is missing a little fruit in the middle and the finish is showing a touch of hardness and obduracy. Another sample was showing better lightness of touch and harmony and I suspect that this is more representative.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
Vivid, expressive, juicy and concentrated, the 2011 Malartic Lagraviere comes from good-sized estate of 131 acres, of which 17 are dedicated to their excellent white wine. Made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37%... Vivid, expressive, juicy and concentrated, the 2011 Malartic Lagraviere comes from good-sized estate of 131 acres, of which 17 are dedicated to their excellent white wine. Made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a supple, medium to full-bodied texture with no hard edges, an opulence and exuberance that provide lots of seductiveness, and tell-tale notes of burning embers, charcoal, kirsch liqueur and black currant fruit. Drink this impressive 2011 over the next two decades. Only 55% of the production made it into the grand vin. The natural alcohol is 13.5%. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2012
55% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. This wine comes from a 46-hectare section on a precipitous slope planted to a high 10000 vines/ha with an average vine age of 25 years. The soils... 55% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. This wine comes from a 46-hectare section on a precipitous slope planted to a high 10000 vines/ha with an average vine age of 25 years. The soils are deep gravel atop clay and limestone subsoil. No chemical herbicides or insecticides are used both plowing and de-leafing is done manually. Yields were just 32 hl/ha. The merlot was harvested between September 13-23 the petit verdot on September 21st; and the cabernet sauvignon and franc between September 21-27. Malolactic was conducted in barrel with aging in a mix of 65% new and 35% once used barrels. A deep dark ruby red this has a restrained nose at this early stage that reveals deeply layered aromas of blackberry black cherry and dry stone. Soft and dense on the palate with intense flavors of blackberry jam and cassis this is tight layered and complex. A complete wine this has a long tannic finish but should drink nicely through 2030. Very well done in this vintage. Michel Rolland and Athanase Fakorellis consult. Tasted three times.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011

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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.