Nearly ten years after the Bonnie family took over management of this estate, the Grand Vin of Chateau Malartic-Lagravier is truly showing the results of their hard work and perseverance! This deliciously complex and rounded wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. This is now drinking well, but could see further development over the next few years!
Formerly the Domaine de Lagraviere, Chateau Malartic Lagraviere has been the property of Michele and Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie since 1997 who initially lacked experience of any kind in the wine trade. They invested close to €20 million in the estate, modernising it inside and out, as well as expanding the vineyards and engaging with new sustainable farming methods. Additionally, more rigorous grape selection processes for the Grand Vin were adopted, leading to far superior quality than previous vintages.
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere represents 53 hectares of vineyards. 46 hectares are devoted to red grapes, 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and to 2% Petit Verdot. The remaining 7 hectares are planted to 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon.
Correct cassis but a little jagged. Those tannins are still in evidence!
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Malartic-Lagravière has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, blueberry and violet scents. I appreciate the control and precision on display here. The palate does not quite match the quality of the nose, although it still offers pleasure: blackberry and subtle spicy notes, quite steely in the mouth with a vivid but linear, black cherry and boysenberry finish. With time, hints of pencil lead evolve in the glass and become more prominent on the finish. Drink now and over the next decade.
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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