2014 Malartic-Lagraviere Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

WE 95 JS 94 JL 93 DC 92 JA 92 WA 92 VN 92 JD 91 WS 91
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

Tight tannins mask the ripe fruit in a wine that is set for long-term aging, so there is a dry core that dominates at the moment. But not for long: the bold black fruits are insistent and are going to be delicious. This...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2017

So perfumed with a freshness and beauty that is amazing. Blackberries, black cherries and violets. Full-bodied yet so polished and velvety. Gorgeous finish. A beauty. Best ever in bottle from here? Drink in 2020.
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2017

With a round, silky, texture, the wine shows plenty of smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso bean and ripe, juicy, plums. There is depth of flavor and fruit in the finish that carries through. The wine was made from a...
DC 92

Decanter, December 2018

There's an austerity here but also a clear, striking quality to the fruit. It's a good wine, almost ready to drink, and yet it's holding back a few tricks. It doesn't have the generosity of '15 - you can feel the tannins...
JA 92

janeanson.com, February 2024

Inky blue-ruby in colour, well constructed, emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon character, pencil lead and tobacco leaf, concentrated but starting to soften up, ready to drink with coaxing. The tannins are a touch austere...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017

The 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere had quite a high-toned, upfront bouquet with kirsch, crushed strawberry, iodine and iris scents that do not hold back. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin, possesses slightly...
VN 92

Vinous, March 2018

The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière has a crisp and focused bouquet with precise blackberry and briary scents, a lovely undercurrent of mineralité. The palate is beautifully balanced on the entry with rounded, quite concentrated...
JD 91

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

A terrific success in the vintage, the 2014 Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 70% new oak. Hitting 13.5% natural...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, March 2017

Very solid, with a core of dark plum, blackberry and fig preserve notes held in check by tarry grip. Ample singed apple wood and cocoa elements form the frame. Give this time to meld fully. Best from 2019 through 2026.

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière Bordeaux Blend from the Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France, is a well-received red wine composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (52%) and Merlot (40%), with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (3%). It boasts an alcohol content of 13.5% and is sealed with a traditional cork closure.

James Suckling highly praised this vintage, awarding it a score of 94 and describing it as "so perfumed with a freshness and beauty that is amazing. Blackberries, black cherries and violets. Full-bodied yet so polished and velvety. Gorgeous finish. A beauty." He suggested it could be the best ever bottled from this producer and recommended drinking it in 2020.

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss gave it an excellent score of 95, noting its "tight tannins" and "bold black fruits" which suggest it is set for long-term aging, recommending readiness by 2026. Voss highlighted the wine's structure, indicating that its dry core currently dominates but will evolve over time.

Vinous, through reviewer Neal Martin, scored the wine at 92, appreciating its "crisp and focused bouquet with precise blackberry and briary scents" and "beautifully balanced" palate. However, he noted a potential issue with under-ripe tannins towards the finish, despite the "gorgeous" nose.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, also reviewed by Neal Martin, echoed the praise with another 92 score, emphasizing the "high-toned, upfront bouquet" and "impressive depth" but suggested it might be overshadowed by the 2015 vintage.

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded a score of 93, pointing out the wine's "round, silky texture" and "depth of flavor" with notes of smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso bean, and ripe, juicy plums.

Wine Spectator offered a score of 91, describing a "core of dark plum, blackberry and fig preserve notes held in check by tarry grip," and recommended waiting until 2019 to 2026 for optimal enjoyment.

Jane Anson gave it a score of 92, noting its "inky blue-ruby" color and "well-constructed" nature with an emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon character and some astringency from tannins, indicating a heavy extraction typical of the vintage.

Decanter also scored it 92, highlighting its austerity and striking fruit quality, while Jeb Dunnuck praised its "beautifully polished and elegant" nature, giving it a score of 91 and suggesting it will drink nicely for 15-20 years.

Overall, the 2014 Malartic-Lagravière is a structured and well-received Bordeaux blend with potential for both immediate enjoyment and long-term aging.