Château Malartic Lagravière 2016 (750ml)
Cabernet FrancCabernet SauvignonMerlotPetit Verdot
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It is in a constant search for quality and with the support of highly qualified and committed teams that the Bonnie family passionately crafts the wines of Vignobles Malartic. Vintage after vintage, the wines of Châteaux Malartic-Lagravière brilliantly express the nobility and identity of their terroirs. This Pessac Leognan Chateau has been making excellent wines in recent years under the management of owner Jean-Jacques Bonnie whose family purchased the property in 1997. The 46 hectare vineyard is planted with equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. A property on the rise where prices tend to be reasonable.
The property is a vast environmental area, an “agricultural” farm in the original sense of the word. With this broad agro-ecological vision, their primary concern is to take care of the soil with reduced, measured human intervention, that is respectful of all forms of life. Their rigorous ecological commitment has been implemented since 1997, with sustainable practices that respect the entire ecosystem.
The 2016 Malartic-Lagravière has a wonderful bouquet of perfumed, mainly red fruit laced with potpourri, black olive tapenade and light brine-like aromas – a bouquet full of personality. The fresh, harmonious palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of salinity toward the loam-tinged finish. Bon vin from the Bonnies. Drink 2023-2045. 95pts Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019
I love the deep and complex nose, in which the cassis and mint of cabernet sauvignon are beautifully married to the more generous blackberry of ripe merlot and the vanilla and toasty notes from the oak are marvelously integrated. On the palate it creeps up on you slowly; the first impression is ripe yet delicate, then the fine-grained tannins charge through and light up the sky. Very long finish. Drink or hold. 96 pts James Suckling – jamessuckling.com – February 2019
The 2016 vintage is a blend of Cabernet-Sauvignon 53 %, Merlot 40 %, Cabernet-Franc 4 % and Petit-Verdot 3 %.
Extreme weather conditions resulted in an exceptional vintage. A particularly wet winter and spring promised good yields. One of the best summers of the decade, with a long dry period, brought power and concentration. A remarkable late season, with substantial
differences in temperatures, ensured elegance for this exceptional vintage. For the red wines, the vintage is in the “exceptional” category with substance and balance in both polyphenolic and aromatic terms. Long and slow ripening has refined the tannins and developed complexity in the flavours and aromas, while maintaining plenty of freshness. Exceptional and superb.
The sustainably grown grapes are hand harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for about 30 days. The wine is aged on its fine lees in French oak barrels, 80% new oak, for 18 months. The wine is made under the consultation of oenologist Michel Rolland.