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.
Probably the best wine that has come from this estate, along with their 2005, the final blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot boasts Michel Rolland as the consulting oenologist. This organically farmed vineyard has turned out a deeply layered wine with a striking perfume of graphite, wet stones, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and underbrush. The compelling aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied but intensely concentrated wine with loads of ripe fruit, plenty of glycerin (14% natural alcohol) and a long, nuanced, impressively endowed finish. Accessible already, this wine should continue to drink well for 15 or more years.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.