Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Grand Cru Classe de Graves Rouge 2019
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PRODUCER: Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, a Cru Classe De Graves,was 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.
WINEMAKING: Designed with architect Bernard Mazières in 1998, the winery was one of the first to adopt a grape transport system entirely by gravity: after manual harvests and double sorting on vibrating tables, grapes are transported to the vats and then to the barrels only by gravity. The vat room is also highly innovative, Its octagonal layout houses 20 stainless steel vats and 10 wooden ones, all conical and temperature-controlled. Being small, each one can accommodate the fruit from specific plots for individual vinification.
The vintage 2019 is the blend of 59% Merlot - 39% Cabernet-Sauvignon 3% Cabernet-Franc - 2% Petit-Verdot. Wine is aged traditionally on fine lies in French oak barrels (new oak 65%) for around 18 months.
TASTING NOTES: Aromas of dark berries, mushrooms, earth, flowers and incense. with minerality of crushed stone. Full-bodied with very fine, refined tannins. It’s very, very long and persistent in the finish with subtle and complex flavours. This will deliver beauty with age.