2017 Malartic-Lagraviere Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 96
  • JL 94
  • JS 93
  • AG 93
  • WS 93
  • VN 92
  • JD 91

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, April 2018
(WE 94-96 points) An impressively concentrated wine this is full of rich tannins and dark black plum notes. Its structure and smoky character meld with rich black fruits and spice flavors; this is a wine for aging. Drink... (WE 94-96 points) An impressively concentrated wine this is full of rich tannins and dark black plum notes. Its structure and smoky character meld with rich black fruits and spice flavors; this is a wine for aging. Drink from 2024.
JL 94
TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2018
(92-94) The wine opens with the warm toke of a luxurious cigar brushed with graphite and rich with dark fruits. Lambskin texture, verve on the palette, polished, round and juicy, this wine is all fruit and lift with... (92-94) The wine opens with the warm toke of a luxurious cigar brushed with graphite and rich with dark fruits. Lambskin texture, verve on the palette, polished, round and juicy, this wine is all fruit and lift with creamy but lively tannins. Using almost 40% less new oak than the previous vintage, the fruit demonstrates its charms early on. Produced from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The higher portion of Cabernet Sauvignon is due to the frost, which damaged mostly Merlot vines. The harvest took place from September 14 to October 3.
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, April 2018
(92-93) A firm and silky wine with a creamy freshness and firm tannins. Dark berries and wet earth. Medium to full body. Linear and tight.
AG 93
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May 2018
(AG 90-93 points) The 2017 Malartic Lagravière is dense, powerful and explosive. Succulent dark cherry, raspberry jam, chocolate, sweet spice and heavy toast notes give the 2017 its extroverted, racy personality... (AG 90-93 points) The 2017 Malartic Lagravière is dense, powerful and explosive. Succulent dark cherry, raspberry jam, chocolate, sweet spice and heavy toast notes give the 2017 its extroverted, racy personality. Malartic Lagravière is one of the more flamboyant wines readers will taste in 2017. Tasted four times.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, April 2018
(90-93) Juicy, with a supple feel to the cassis and cherry compote flavors. Offers a bright iron note, fresh acidity and a long, polished finish. -JM
VN 92
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May 2018
(VN 90-92 points) The 2017 Malartic Lagravière Rouge has a precise and focused bouquet with blackberry, briary and mineral scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannin... (VN 90-92 points) The 2017 Malartic Lagravière Rouge has a precise and focused bouquet with blackberry, briary and mineral scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannin. This is a more masculine and structured Malartic-Lagravière that might lack the sophistication of recent vintages but delivers fine depth towards the finish. Hopefully the élevage will soften up the edges to make this more approachable by the time it is bottled. -- Neal Martin
JD 91
jebdunnuck.com, April 2018
(89-91) I was able to taste the 2017 Château Malartic-Lagravière two times and it showed consistently on both occasions. Sporting a deep, inky color as well as terrific notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, tobacco... (89-91) I was able to taste the 2017 Château Malartic-Lagravière two times and it showed consistently on both occasions. Sporting a deep, inky color as well as terrific notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, tobacco leaf, and bouquet garni, it’s medium-bodied, moderately concentrated, charming, and impeccably balanced. It’s going to drink nicely in its youth yet keep for a decade or more as well.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2017
Closure Cork

Label

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.