Domaine de Lagravière, zoals dit château vroeger genoemd werd, werd aan het einde van de 18e eeuw gekocht door de familie van de beroemde admiraal (vandaar het design van het etiket) Count Hippolyte de Maurès de Malartic. Het was de volgende eigenaresse die de naam Malartic aan Lagravière toevoegde als eerbetoon aan de vorige eigenaren.
Château Malartic-Lagravière is sinds 1996 het eigendom van de familie Bonnie en omvat 53 ha wijngaarden. Jane Anson van het vooraanstaande Decanter schreef in 2019 over dit château: "... Malartic particularly [has] begun to rival the most elegant, concentrated and complex Bordeaux – think Rauzan-Ségla, Haut-Bailly and La Gaffelière in terms of style and philosophy.."
Deze 2016 is een blend van 53% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 4% cabernet franc en 3% petit verdot opgevoed op Frans eiken waarvan 80% nieuw. Michel Rolland is de adviseur.
The 2016 Malartic-Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot picked between 13-20 October at 46 hectoliters per hectare. It is matured in 80% new oak and the remainder one year old. It has a very composed and pure bouquet with blackberry, mint and just a touch of blueberry, the new oak neatly integrated and menthol developing with time. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine structure and a keen line of acidity; this is a pixelated Pessac-Léognan that exudes style and panache. There is an effortless nature to this wine and it feels so persistent in the mouth that you cannot wait to take another sip. This is (another) impressive release from the bonny Bonnie family and do not be surprised if it eventually surpasses the outstanding 2015.
The colour is rich and deep but with luminosity that gives nuance and fresh air. It's a lovely 2016, poised but not as powerful as some in the vintage, yet every inch the sophisticated reflection of the appellation. Restrained grilled berry fruits take their time to unfurl. It's still very closed but the liquorice and slate notes become clearer after 10 minutes in the glass, and the wine has already deepened in the few years since bottling. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Yield 46hl/ha.
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.
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.