Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Pessac-Leognan 2014
The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière has a crisp and focused bouquet with precise blackberry and briary scents, a lovely undercurrent of mineralité. The palate is beautifully balanced on the entry with rounded, quite concentrated black fruit. There is a lot of extraction here and I fear that they may have found a touch of under-ripe tannin towards the finish, which is a shame because the nose is so damn gorgeous! Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, which was originally known as Domaine de Lagraviere, was bought in 1803 by Pierre de Malartic, but since 1997 it has belonged to the Bonnie family. There are 47 hectares, with vineyards of 41 hectares planted to make red wine, with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. There are 6 hectares planted to make white wine, with varieties made up of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. Total production equates to 16,000 cases of red and 2,500 cases of dry white.
2014 Pessac-Leognan, Cru Classé from Bordeaux
In 2014, the harvest of the red grapes ended on October 21st under sunshine in Malartic-Lagravière. The Merlots are dense, round, opulent and offer volume. Very homogeneous, they create a true Malartic style. The Cabernets are straight, pure and long, with vibrant fruit and a present sucrosity. The tannins are voluminous and supple. This wine has every element to be complete and serious. This 2014 Cru Classé Malartic-Lagravière gives off strong notes of blackberry, smashed strawberry enhanced by light spicy and mainly peppery notes. On the palate, this Pessac-Leognan is very pleasant on tannins and is full-bodied. The finish, slightly toasted, is vibrant. This is a sappy wine.
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere had quite a high-toned, upfront bouquet with kirsch, crushed strawberry, iodine and iris scents that do not hold back. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin, possesses slightly lower acidity than its peers yet remains balanced. There is impressive depth to this Malartic-Lagraviere with a subtle white pepper/sage note towards the finish. Though it will be overshadowed by the 2015, this is a well-crafted Pessac-Leognan with the chutzpah that it showed in barrel.