2016 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc

Bordeaux Blanc - 750ML
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REVIEWS

WE 96 JS 95 JD 94 JL 94 DC 93 WA 93 WS 92
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

(WE94-96 points) This wine is intense and concentrated, ripe in generous tropical and citrus fruits. There is plenty of lemon as well as grapefruit in the tight, mineral texture. It is likely to age well, and should be...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

Very bright and floral with plenty of passion fruit, kiwi and melon on the nose. Juicy and elegant with a stunning balance of fruit, delicate oak and elegant acidity that drives the very long, energetic finish. Drink or hold.
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

A terrific white that’s up with the top efforts in the vintage, the 2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc comes from a 7-hectare vineyard in the Graves region and is 85% Sauvignon and 15% Sémillon raised in 55% new...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

It is a good combination of ripe, bright, yellow citrus, a drizzle of honey, dash of vanilla and hint of grapefruit here. The wine is juicy, crisp and refreshing, with a citrus in the finish. 94 Points Read more...
DC 93

Decanter, December 2018

A richer, pale-gold colour than the 2017, this has a build up of tension and flavour that leads you smoothly from the attack through the mid-palate. You can feel the richness and juicy texture of the stone fruits, and it...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

The Malartic Lagraviere 2016 Blanc is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon. The nose is youthfully muted, revealing subtle scents of lemongrass, crushed rocks, lime cordial and green mango with a waft of orange...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2018

This is lovely, offering straw, white peach, chamomile and lemon curd flavors that glide through, with a glistening salted butter note gilding the chalk-edged finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,583 cases made.–JM

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
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.