2018 Malartic-Lagraviere Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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WE 96 JL 95 JS 94 JD 94 DC 93 WA 92 WS 91
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Despite its weight, this is a well-crafted wine. It combines richness with sophisticated tannins, dense black fruits and considerable potential. Ripe berry flavors give depth. Drink this wine from 2026. - Roger Voss
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Deep in color, this beauty pops with licorice, smoke, tobacco, coffee and roasted, deep red fruits on the nose. Lush, round, fruity and creamy, with waves of sweet black, red and blue fruits that keep on coming. Give this...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Blackberry, hot-stone and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body with chewy, dusty tannins that are long and chewy. It shows lots of Pessac character, reminding me of the stoney soils of the area. Give this at...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

An outstanding wine, the 2018 Château Malartic Lagraviere (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and the rest 3% Cabernet Franc) offers a deep purple hue as well as beautiful cassis and blackberry fruits...
DC 93

Decanter, June 2023

The Bonnies' work in the vineyard and the vines' maturity is paying off in more complexity, precision and silkier tannins, with elevated, layered aromas and flavours. The bouquet is herbs and lavender, the juicy, open and...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

Composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc and aged in 70% new oak barriques, the 2018 Malartic Lagraviere has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and pronounced notions of...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, March 2021

Fresh, forward style with a nice burst of bing cherry preserves as well as plum sauce, melted red licorice and singed vanilla notes. Juicy, friendly finish has a late tug of tar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2018
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14%
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 2018 Malartic-Lagraviere, a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This captivating red wine showcases the artistry and craftsmanship of the renowned producer, Malartic-Lagraviere. With its deep garnet-purple color and a cork closure, this wine exudes elegance and a sense of tradition.

On the nose, the 2018 Malartic-Lagraviere reveals an intense bouquet that captivates the senses. Copious red cherry, blackcurrant, and blueberry fruit aromas intertwine with alluring floral scents of lavender and iris flowers. This complex and evolving bouquet is a testament to the meticulous work in the vineyard and the maturity of the vines.

As the wine graces the palate, it unveils a medium-bodied profile with sophisticated tannins and a well-crafted structure. Ripe berry flavors provide depth and richness, harmoniously balanced with the integrated new oak. The wine's density impresses, leading to a sumptuous and lingering finish.

The 2018 growing season for Malartic-Lagraviere was divided into two parts, with a wet and warm spring followed by a very hot, mostly dry summer and autumn. These "perfect ripeness conditions," as described by the Bonnies, the owners of the estate, contributed to the complexity, precision, and silkier tannins found in this vintage.

Wine critics and experts have bestowed high praise upon the 2018 Malartic-Lagraviere. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive score of 96, highlighting its richness, sophisticated tannins, and considerable potential. Decanter awarded it 93 points, commending its elevated aromas, layered flavors, and the Bonnies' exceptional work in the vineyard. Jeb Dunnuck bestowed a score of 94, emphasizing the wine's beautiful balance, impressive purity of fruit, and its ability to be enjoyed now or cellared for 15 years.

This wine is a testament to the excellence of Bordeaux and the skilled craftsmanship of Malartic-Lagraviere. It is a wine to be savored and appreciated, whether enjoyed now or carefully cellared for future enjoyment. So, uncork a bottle of the 2018 Malartic-Lagraviere and experience the artistry of this Bordeaux Blend from Pessac Leognan.