Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2019
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PRODUCER: Located at the gates of Bordeaux, Château Malartic Lagravière, a Classified Growth of Graves, is located on the oldest wine-growing terroir in Bordeaux, considered to be the most beautiful gravel “croupe” (hillock), formed millions of years ago by alluvial deposits. Previously owned by the Champagne house, Laurent-Perrier in 1997 it was bought by a Belgian couple, Michele and Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie, whose son and daughter-in-law, Jean-Jacques and Severine, have now assumed control.
The vineyard consists of 73 hectares (180 acres) of vines – including 7 hectares (17 acres) for the white wines – made up of the following grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for the red wine; Sauvignon and Sémillon for the white wine.
WINEMAKING: Sauvignon 83% and Semillon 17% blend. Density of plantation 10 000 plants/ha, pruning method double Guyot. Average age of the vineyard 27 years old. Average yield 47 hl/ha. Manual harvest by successive passes, sustainable farming, Vinification: Inerted slow pressing, fermentation in oak barrels follow by ageing on lees and bâtonnage in French oak barrels (55% new). for 14 months.
TASTING NOTES: 96-97 “Really intense and powerful with great density and energy, showing sliced limes, green apples, stone and minerals. It’s full-bodied and very long. Extremely minerally with precision and brightness. Clear and transparent. Wow.” JamesSuckling.com – James Suckling – May 2020