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.