France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Legonan
To begin with, you should know that this Bordeaux wine (whose reputation is second to none) is absolutely ideal for anyone who wishes to discover the wines of this region.
But why do I say that this wine is ideal for discovering Bordeaux? I remember my memories, when I started to really like wine and to be interested in it. The overpowering wines with super difficult tannins and surprising aromas that can be found in these regions scared me. So I was guided to the Graves region and more specifically the Pessac-Léognan appellation. It was an instant hit! Wines rich in flavors and perfumes, taking me on a journey like few have done before, colors that even Matisse would not have dared to imagine, in short, a real emotional whirlwind! Moreover, "Pessac" has remained forever engraved in my heart and today I always like to go back there as often as possible to discover this inimitable terroir. Isn't that the typical sign of a great terroir? to be as attractive for beginners as for... experienced drinkers!?
To go into a little more detail, since Château Malartic-Lagravière was taken over by Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie, nothing is the same! The uncompromising organization has resulted in a significant improvement in quality, which greatly benefits the second wine, Réserve de Malartic. The subtle and complex bouquet, accompanied by fruity aromas and maturation, evokes a classic Bordeaux. Velvety and powerful tannins combined with a carefully measured fruity acidity form the basis of this well-structured red wine typical of Graves, which seduces with its blend, its elegance and its substance. The velvety and delicious character combines with the controlled power of the terroir in a dense and sustained finish.
If I were you, I would go for it!
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
For 15 to 18 months in barrels (French oak)
Fruity, smoky, wood aromas / toasted aromas, tertiary aromas
Vegetable pie, mushroom lasagna, veal tenderloin in crust, veal steak, veal cutlet with morel sauce, beef tenderloin in crust / tenderloin Wellington, beef steak, turkey
17 to 19°C
Château Malartic-Lagravière is located on a high terrace deeply cut by the Eau Blanche stream and its tributaries. It is formed over 8 meters deep from gravelly islets dating from the Quaternary era.
The evocative name of "Lagravière" underlines the high quality of the soils of this vineyard, recognized for being located on the most beautiful gravel hilltop of Léognan.
While the gravel layer provides excellent surface drainage, the shelly limestone subsoil, made up of fossils from warm seas and clay veins, retains a significant water reserve. It ensures perfect water supply to the vines, even during the most severe droughts.
A very permeable soil, optimal sunshine, reduced sensitivity to climatic variations are eminently favorable factors. This, especially since they are optimized from year to year by the tailor-made management of the vines initiated by the Bonnie family upon their arrival.
The Bonnie Family has always been attentive to the environment of its vineyard and the impact of the work carried out by its teams on the vines, the grapes, but also on the neighborhood: habitats, fauna, flora and nearby waterways. plots. Several large-scale best practices have been implemented on the estate since 1997, such as the reasoned management of the vine (integral ploughing, zero herbicides, reasoned treatments, integrated pest management practices (plantings of km of diversified hedges, flowered fallows, etc.)
The property has been certified since 2008 in sustainable agriculture.
Vinification and Aging
Designed with the architect Bernard Mazières in 1998, the Malartic-Lagravière cellar is one of the first to house an entirely gravity-driven grape transport process: manual harvesting in crates, double sorting with vibrating tables, grape transport exclusively by gravity (vats then barrels).
The vat room is also very innovative.
Octagonal, it is made up of 20 stainless steel vats and 10 tapered and thermoregulated wooden vats, which allow, due to their small size, personalized vinification plot by plot.
After the assembly, which requires all the care of the owners, the oenologists and the cellar master, the wine will rest in an air-conditioned cellar with regulated humidity, containing 1200 barrels, half of which are renewed each year by the best coopers.
Between the two is the tasting room, where the blends are elaborated with the greatest care. With the advice of the oenologist Michel Rolland, the owners and the cellar master seek to accompany by a certain structure the complexity and the elegance which characterize the wines of Malartic-Lagravière, in order to give birth to great wines for laying down. .
(may contain sulphites, eggs, milk, fish)
Red and white wine usually contain sulphites, but there are sulphur-free wines available. Many wines use eggs, milk or fish at the fining stage of production. The ingredient list will not include these allergens because even though the wine has come into contact with these ingredients, they are removed from the final product.