Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Pessac Leognan Bordeaux Complete Guide

Malartic Lagraviere chateau Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Pessac Leognan Bordeaux Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Graves, Pessac Leognan, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere History, Overview

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere started out life with a shorter name. Originally, it was known as Domaine de Lagraviere. The Malartic family obtained the Bordeaux vineyard at the close of the eighteenth century. In the 1850’s, the chateau changed their name to Malartic Lagraviere.

The name change was to honor the family’s famous son, Comte Anne-Joseph-Hippolyte Maures de Malartic, who was a well-known French colonial Governor and French Navy Admiral. In fact, this explains the reason for the boat on their logo.

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere passed from the family of Maures de Malartic family to Arnaud Ricard. The Ricard family were quite well-known in the Graves region as they also owned Chateau de Fieuzal and Domaine de Chevalier.

The Ricard family eventually sold the property in 1990 to the famous Champagne producer, Laurent-Perrier. In 1997, Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, became the property of Michele Bonnie and Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie in 1997.

They earned their fortune as producers and marketers of detergent, before becoming chateau owners. Without prior experience in the wine wine world, the Bonnie family dove right in at Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, spending close to $20,000,000 to completely modernize the estate, and replant and increase the size of their vineyards.

They started out with 19 hectares cultivated with vines. By 2017, after 20 years of work, they had 53 hectares of vines at Malartic Lagraviere!

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In 1998, the entire wine making facilities were renovated. The design was created by Bernard Mazieres. At the time, the cellars of Malartic Lagraviere were revolutionary. They were one of the first major estates to begin using only gravity to move the wine in their cellars, which results in a softer, more elegant wine.

The design featured an octagonal shaped, vat house with 10 large wood vats and 20 large, conical shaped, stainless steel tanks for the vinification. They also expanded the vineyards with purchases of additional parcels, including the interesting named vineyard known as Chateau Neuf.

They also increased the amount of Semillon planted for their white Bordeaux wine, which added more richness to the wine.

Aside from modernizing all their facilities, at Malartic Lagraviere they began a new way of working in vineyards, moving to sustainable farming techniques and replanting sections of the vineyards. An important component of their rebuilding program was to enforce making a stricter selection in the vineyards and placing a larger percentage of their harvest into their second wine.

All of this has led to the production of a much better wine. This is clearly seen starting with the 2005 vintage. All you have to do is taste the wine to see. But things really turned around starting with with the back to back 2009 and 2010 vintages. 2009 and 2010 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere were clearly the two best vintages produced by the estate.

However, 2015 could be even better! It is going to be fun to taste the wines over the years as it evolves and matures. Today, Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is managed by the charming Severine Bonnie and Jean Jacques Bonnie.

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Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
                                
The 53 hectare vineyard of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is planted to produce both red and white Bordeaux wine. 46 hectares are planted for red Bordeaux grapes with 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The terroir for the red wine grape varieties is gravel and clay with limestone soils.

Their best terroir is probably the parcel behind their cellars, with the really deep gravel soil that can be as deep as 8 meters in some places! Below the surface, you find more clay and iron deposits. All work in the vineyards is done using only self sustaining, farming techniques.

There are gravel slopes and elevations that rise up to 53 meters at their high point. The red wine grape varieties are divided into 4 lieu-dits, which can be subdivided into 75 separate parcels.

The vineyard for the red wine grapes is planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. On average, the red wine grape varieties are a respectable 33 years of age. Of to the side of the tasting room, you will find their oldest vines, which date back to the 1950’s, most of which is Cabernet Sauvignon.

7 hectares of vines are reserved for white Bordeaux wine grape varieties. For that, the vineyards are planted to 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. For the white wine grape varieties, you find more limestone with clay and a slightly cooler micro-climate in the vineyards.

On average the vines are close to 25 years of age, but they have old vines too, some of which are more than 60 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.

To produce the red wine of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, vinification takes place in a combination of 20 stainless steel vats which range in size from 80 hectolitres up to 104 hectoliters and 10 oak tanks, which vary in capacity from 50 to 60 hectoliters.

The wood vats are used for their old vines and better parcels. The 30 different, conical shaped vats allow for parcel by parcel vinification due to the harvesting dates of the plots. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in an average of 70% new, French oak barrels.
                                                                                            
For the production of the white wine for Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, vinification takes place in 50% new French oak barrels. There is limited skin contact. The wine is aged on its lees, adding a richer character and more complexity. There is no malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in 50-70% new French oak barrels for 12 months.

The best vintages of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998. Although it is important to note, there are vintages when the white wine can be of a very high quality, when it was quite difficult for the red wines, for example, in 2013, 2011 and 2007.

The annual production of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is close to 18,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per vintage. This breaks down to 16,000 cases of red wine and 2,000 cases of white wine. Michel Rolland is the consultant. There is a second wine for the red and white wine, which changed names in about 2007, La Reserve de Malartic.

They also own Chateau Gazin-Rocquencourt, a 28 hectare vineyard which produces red and white wine in the Pessac Leognan appellation that they purchased in 2006, as well as Bodega Diamandes in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Bodega Diamandes makes both red and white wine including a Viognier.

When to Drink Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere needs at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages, until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-30 years of age.

Serving Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The white wine, Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Blanc is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.

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Château Malartic-Lagravière Wine Tasting Notes

29 Vintages 190,706 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2017Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)94

Floral in nature with a fine dusting of vanilla bean, a slather of lemon curd and a thin slice of pineapple, this wine is fresh and alive with lift, sweetness and snappy yellow fruit prompting a crisp, incisive finish. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, reaching 13% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new, French oak barrels.

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2017Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)93

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.

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2016Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)95

Round, plush, polished and with a great, silky mouth feel, there is depth of flavor on the palate, and complexity in the nose with its deep, dark cherry, thyme, espresso, smoke and wet earth. You find length, and richness with an espresso bean, fresh, dark cherry and cocoa loaded finish. This could be the best vintage for the red wine of Malartic Lagraviere.

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Espresso, smoke, licorice, blackberry and dark cherry notes are all over the place. Lusciously textured, round, concentrated and fleshy, the wine will offer a lot of pleasure if you can hold off for 6-8 years, allowing the oak the integrate, while it develops more complexities.

2,867 Views   Tasted 94

Licorice, dark cherry, espresso and smoke create the character. Full bodied, richly, concentrated and intense, the fruit is fat, yet, crunchy, spicy and juicy. It offers volume, and freshness with depth of flavor. Until now, I thought the 2015 was the best vintage from Malartic, but it looks like I am going to change my mind, as this year is probably better. Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 29 to October 20.

2,990 Views   Tasted 94
2016Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Rich, ripe, round and sweet, with lusciously textured, fresh lemon, lime, flowers, vanilla and honeysuckle, the wine is crisp, refreshing and ready to go.

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Lemon lime, flowers, and vanilla with a shot of grapefruit are out in the open. Luscious, yet crisp and refreshing, there is a lot of sweet fruit here with refreshing acidity giving it lift and complexity. Harvested from September 19 to September 26. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon.

1,547 Views   Tasted 93
2015Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)95

Luscious, silky, ripe, deep, dark red fruits are found from start to finish here. The wine is round, polished, full bodied and long. The fruit is sweet, ripe and leaves a lingering impression on the palate. In time, as the oak further integrates, this will be a super wine to enjoy over the next 2 decades.

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Velvet drenched black cherry, plum and licorice, with side notes of smoke, incense, espresso and truffle, the wine is rich, concentrated, opulent and finishes with silky, round tannins. There is length, volume and intensity with the ability to age for decades. This could be the finest vintage of Malartic Lagraviere produced yet!

5,454 Views   Tasted 95

Still on target as the best vintage of Malartic Lagraviere yet, the wine is richly textured, lush, polished and smoky. There is a wealth of ripe, silky, soft fruits with depth of flavor and roundness n the tannins.

5,685 Views   Tasted 94

This is probably the best vintage of Malartic Lagraviere to date! Soft, round and polished, with lush fruits and silky tannins, this wine has depth, texture and roundness -- but it is not for the oak averse. Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7. 93 - 95 Pts

6,468 Views   Tasted 94
2015Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95

Luscious yellow fruits, vanilla, flowers and white peach create an intoxicating bouquet. The is the perfect amount of acidity to keep all the sweet, ripe, fruits in check, leaving you a slightly honeyed, just squeezed, bright, citrus finish.

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Unctuous, with multiple waves of pomelo, lemon and vanilla bean. The wine is vibrant, refreshing, long and rich, with a slightly honeyed, citrus finish.

2,325 Views   Tasted 95

Fresh-squeezed pomelo, lemon zest and vanilla start the fragrant aromatics, this long, fresh, clean wine is packed with lively, vanilla, lemon, orange and green apple that really stick with you. Harvested from September 8 to September 15, the wine was produced from a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon.

1,855 Views   Tasted 94
2014Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)94

Lots of depth, freshness, juicy, ripe, yellow citrus, grapefruit, vanilla bean, flowers, spice and honey going on here. All that ripe, juicy, fruit, balances quite nicely with the acidity that shines through from start to finish.

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Kicking off with grapefruit, lemon peel and vanilla, this cheerful, fresh, zippy wine serves up a blast of vanilla and citrus zest in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.

1,534 Views   Tasted 93
2014Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)93

With a round, silky, texture, the wine shows plenty of smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso bean and ripe, juicy, plums. There is depth of flavor and fruit in the finish that carries through. The wine was made from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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Plush, polished and lush with richness, concentration and a silky, round, fruit-filled finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot at 13.5% alcohol. 91-92 Pts

2,676 Views   Tasted 92
2013Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Nice volume, length and freshness going on here, which helps all the crushed stone, vanilla, sweet citrus and floral character that is the hallmark of this wine.

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Fresh, lively citrus rind and zippy acidity make this wine come alive, while the rich fruits and crisp lemon wax finish carries throughout. 91-93 Pts

1,568 Views   Tasted 92
2013Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)91

Ready to drink, with a translucent, ruby hue, there are elements of licorice, fresh herbs, cherry, coffee bean and earth in the perfume. Medium bodied, with very little tannin, the short finish shows freshness to the sweet, cherry fruit, with a touch of dusty, herbs in the end note. This is not a wine to age, I'd drink it over the next 5 years or so.

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Successful for the vintage, due to low yields and selection, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot opens with a nose built of espresso, thyme, dark cherry and earthy, smoky aromatics. Medium bodied, with round tannins, the wine ends with oak tinged, cherries and plums.

2,170 Views   Tasted 91

Licorice, dark berries and softly textured fruit comprise this nose. The wine ends with a sweet, but dusty, cherry finish. From a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 89-91 Pts

1,375 Views   Tasted 90
2012Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)94

This nose really grabs your attention with its showy perfume of flowers, citrus, honeydew, grapefruit and marmalade. The wine is concentrated, fresh and vibrant, with a real sense of lift that balances the natural sweetness of the fruit in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon and reached 14% alcohol.

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Citrus peel, stone, grapefruit and honeysuckle scents, fleshy, concentrated, ripe and refreshing, the wine ends with sweet Meyer lemons and a hint of pineapple. 91-93 Pts

2,348 Views   Tasted 92
2012Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Showing good dark color, the wine has a soft, round, character with concentration and richness. There are ample sweet, ripe dark, smoky berries that remain from with you from start to finish.

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Truffle, cocoa powder and blackberry scents are easy to find. On the palate, the wine is rich, soft, polished and round with a sweet, ripe and fresh black cherry finish. 90-92 Pts

5,636 Views   Tasted 91
2011Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)92

Fresh citrus, floral, grapefruit, white peach and vanilla aromas open to a fresh, bright, lemon, lime filled wine that offers crisp, refreshing citrus and notes in the finish.

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With ample freshness, the wine pops with citrus, vanilla, lemon and lime sensations. 92-94 Pts

2,464 Views   Tasted 92
2011Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)89

Medium bodied, soft, approachable and already open, the wine delivers sweet black cherries and espresso notes along with its earthy palate. Drink this lighter style of wine young, to preserve its fruit.

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From 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and a bit of Petit Verdot, the wine delivers coffee, licorice, smoke and blackberry. Medium bodied in weight with some dryness in the tannins, the wine ends with blackberry and cherry. 88-91 Pts

2,180 Views   Tasted 90
2010Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)94

The wine has picked up steam, dropped some of its youthful ok trappings and offers more invigorating, lemon, lime, pomelo and floral sensations. Rich in texture, yet with an equal amount of lift, this is really good in your glass today.

2,465 Views   Tasted

Crisp, fresh, citrus, lemon, lime, floral and grapefruit notes get you going. The wine is zippy, refreshing and delivers a blast of sweet, fresh, citrus fruits in the finish.

2,336 Views   Tasted 93

Pale yellow in color, honeydew, citrus and spicy notes open the wine. Medium bodied with sweet fruits, soft textures and citrus.

2,218 Views   Tasted 92
2010Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)94

It's going to be fun tasting and debating the merits of 2009 vs 2010 Bordeaux. With many wines, I prefer the flamboyant style of the 2009. But that is not the case here. The 2010 has more depth, length and complexity. There is a beautiful, rounded freshness that makes you keep going back to the glass for another sip.

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With an aromatic display filled with espresso bean, licorice and black cherry liqueur, this rich, opulent, polished wine is a winner. From a blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine ends with a with a sweet, ripe, silky, pure finish.

4,516 Views   Tasted 93

Malartic Lagraviere Blasting off with licorice, oak, jammy blackberries and truffle, this concentrated, deep, full bodied , lush wine is filled with anise and blackberry. 92-94 Pts

4,070 Views   Tasted 93
2009Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95

This is really showing great today. All those beautiful, perfectly ripe citrus fruits, floral notes and crushed rock tones are making a great impression. The long finish combines sweet, yellow fruits, green apple and a touch of honeysuckle with minerality and just a hint of vanilla with ample freshness.

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Loads of sweet, fresh, citrus flavors with a dash of honey and floral notes. The wine has depth coupled with freshness and complexity that really shine through. This has gotten much better with a few years of age.

2,378 Views   Tasted 95

Minerality, spring flowers, citrus, spice, honeydew melon and orange rind create the complex aromas. Soft, round, rich and elegant, the wine is loaded with fresh, pure citrus and stone.

3,681 Views   Tasted 94

With strong notes of citrus oil, lemon wax, apples and spice, the wine combines rich textures and freshness that ends with a mineral driven, lemon wax finish.

3,249 Views   Tasted 93
2009Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Luscious, richly textured, round, forward and velvety, the wine is concentrate, silky, smoky and fresh. You can drink this young, if you like forward styled fruits and silky tannins, or you can easily wait a decade for more secondary notes. Either way, this is just great stuff.

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This is a very nice style of wine, with its soft, opulent fruits, smoky aromas and round finish. And it's only going to get better from here.

4,369 Views   Tasted 93

Deep in color, it requires little effort to find the truffle, tobacco, smoke and dark cherry aromatics. Sensuous in texture, this lush wine from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot offers freshness, concentration and a long, deep, multi-layered finish.

5,718 Views   Tasted 93

2009 Malartic La Graviere is a deeply colored wine that opens with smoke, crushed stone, black fruit, and cassis aromatics. Rich and full bodied, the round textured wine finishes with a blast of licorice, cassis, and juicy blackberries. 92/94 Pts

5,442 Views   Tasted 93
2008Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93

At 10 years of age, this is really coming on strong. The wine is fresh, stony, citrusy and delivers a ripe, sweet, crisp, citrus filled finish. Sweet and fresh, with good energy, this is really quite strong today. I am not sure if it gets better, but it's just great today, so why wait?.

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2008Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)92

At 10 years of age, this continues developing along a positive curve. Still showing a depth in the color, the nose offers truffle, cedar, tobacco, espresso, pepper and plums. The tannins are plush, giving the wine a polished character, but there is some oak in the finish, that takes away from the experience.

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Malartic La Graviere opens with tobacco, black cherry, cappuccino and earthy scents. Soft in texture, with round tannins and a plush style, the wine finishes with a sweet chocolate covered, dark cherry finish.

4,931 Views   Tasted 91
2007Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)92

Vanilla, lemon wax, orange rind, grapefruit and spice scents open to a concentrated, lush, balanced white Bordeaux wine that ends with a roasted nut and citrus oil finish.

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2006Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Really showing its stuff at 10 years of age. The fresh, zippy, stony, bright yellow fruits are ripe, sweet, crisp and refreshing. There is a slight honeyed note at the end that rounds out all the acidity, making you want to go back for another sip.

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This is a really fine, white Bordeaux wine packed with fresh, zesty lemons, grapefruit, green apple, vanilla bean, stone and honeysuckle. Rich, lively and fresh, drink this now, or age it another few years, either way, you're going to like it.

2,065 Views   Tasted 93
2006Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)92

If you're ever looking for an example of a wine that improved with age, look no further. This once ugly duckling has kicked it up from start to finish. The smoky, licorice, tobacco, earth and black cherry nose gets you. Lush, poised and polished on the palate, the wine is sweet, ripe, fresh and long.

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2005Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)93

At 13, this is still youthful, but it is developing well. The oak, which has been more noticeable, has been receding. The wine is fleshy, fresh and offers its lush, round, ripe, dark fruits, licorice and earthy nuances with ease. The wine continued improving in the glass for several hours, so this should age well.

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With effort, incense, dark fruits, smoke, licorice and earthy aromas, along with the vanilla tinged, espresso bean notes of youth come out. Plush, round and polished, the finish is elegant, but much of this wine remains in reserve. Still quite young and almost primary, a few hours of air helps, as will additional time in the cellar.

3,359 Views   Tasted 93

Medium bodied, with a nose packed with tobacco, smoke, dark red fruits and wet earthy aromatics. The wine is slightly more intriguing on the nose, than on the fresh, cherry centered finish.

3,605 Views   Tasted 91

Not the most complex wine, but it is a real crowd pleaser. Spicy, soft and polished with good intensity. Will drink young.

6,970 Views   Tasted 91
2005Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)91

With a developed nose offering floral, honeyed lemon peel, citrus, stone, and lemon lime aromas. The medium bodied wine is fresh, spicy and vibrant and can be njoyed now, or aged for at least another 5 years.

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2004Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)88

Light, bright and showing a distinctive olive tapenade note, with its fresh red berry character, this will best over the next few years.

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2001Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Medium/full bodied, fully mature with round textures, soft tannins and showing its licorice, tobacco, smoky, black cherry, espresso and plum characteristics quite easily. This is ready for prime time drinking. It should remain at his stage for at least a decade.

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2000Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)91

Nice wine here, with load of fresh, ripe, sweet, spicy, earthy, dark red fruits, with a side of smoke, tobacco, cigar wrapper, wet earth, thyme and cedar. Elegant, refined and soft, enjoy this now, or give it a few more years.

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1998Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)92

Even better with more age, this was so much fun to taste, it was impossible to put the glass down. Round, plush and rich, with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, dark red fruits, earth, smoke, truffle, mocha, licorice and pipe tobacco, the wine tasted as good as it felt. Enjoyed from a magnum, so I imagine standard bottles are at peak.

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Fully mature, this has developed quite nicely. The smoky, tobacco, cigar box nose has a spicy complexity that adds to the ripe, dark red berries. Silky, soft in texture, with length in the finish, this is drinking really well today.

2,233 Views   Tasted 91