La Reserve de Malartic Pessac-Leognan 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 80.9% and Semillon 19.1% 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. for 10 to12 months.
TASTING NOTES: Elegance and finesse with brightness, aromas of white flowers, dried lemons and white peaches. Well balanced wine with fruit expression, power and structure. Smooth and well defined. Driving with a touch of spicy oak at the end.