2014 Malartic-Lagraviere Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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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.


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.

Introducing the 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere, a Bordeaux Blend from the prestigious Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This exquisite red wine showcases the expertise and artistry of the renowned producer, Malartic-Lagraviere.

In the glass, the wine exudes a deep, enticing red color that hints at the richness and complexity within. The nose is greeted with a crisp and focused bouquet, offering precise aromas of blackberry and briary. There is also a lovely undercurrent of mineralité, adding depth and intrigue to the aromatic profile.

On the palate, the 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere captivates with its beautifully balanced nature. Rounded and concentrated black fruit flavors dominate, delivering a sensation of opulence and indulgence. However, there is also a lot of extraction present, which gives the wine a robust and full-bodied character.

Notably, some reviewers have observed a touch of under-ripe tannin towards the finish, which is a slight disappointment given the wine's otherwise impeccable qualities. Nevertheless, the nose of this wine is simply stunning, making it a compelling choice for wine enthusiasts.

The wine has received high praise from critics, with Wine Enthusiast awarding it an impressive score of 95 and describing it as a structured wine that is set for long-term aging. James Suckling, another esteemed critic, was equally enamored, awarding the wine a score of 94 and praising its perfumed freshness, beauty, and velvety texture.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5, this red wine boasts elegance and finesse while also showcasing the power and complexity that Bordeaux blends are known for. The 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop over the years, rewarding those who have the patience to cellar it.

In conclusion, the 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere is a wine that exemplifies the artistry and craftsmanship of Bordeaux winemaking. With its precise aromas, concentrated fruit flavors, and balanced nature, it is a testament to the exceptional terroir of the Pessac Leognan region. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future indulgence, this Bordeaux Blend is a true gem that showcases the best of French winemaking.