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2012 Château Malatric Lagraviere, Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé

2012 Château Malatric Lagraviere, Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé

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The 73-hectare vineyard of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere is planted to produce both red and white Bordeaux wine. 64 hectares are planted for red Bordeaux grapes and 9 hectares are reserved for white wine grapes. The increase in the size of the vineyard is due to Gazin Rocquencourt being annexed into Malartic Lagravieire.

Their best terroir is probably the parcel behind their cellars, with the really deep gravel soil that can be as deep as 8 meters in some places! Below the surface, you find more clay and iron deposits. All work in the vineyards is done using only self-sustaining, farming techniques.

There are gravel slopes and elevations that rise up to 53 meters at their high point. The red wine grape varieties are divided into 4 lieux-dits, which can be subdivided into 75 separate parcels.

The vineyard for the red wine grapes is planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. On average, the red wine grapes are a respectable 30 years of age. Off to the side of the tasting room, you will find their oldest vines, which date back to the 1950s, most of which are Cabernet Sauvignon.

2012 – 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc,
2% Petit Verdot


94 Points – “The Wine Advocate”, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (April 2015)

“This large estate of 131 acres has been run brilliantly by a Belgian family, the Bonnies since their acquisition a number of years ago. The quality of the white and red have soared to exceptional heights, and this is certainly still one of the more realistically priced wines of Pessac-Lèognan and classified crus. The 2012 is a beauty, with a dense ruby/purple color, a fabulously plush, opulent texture and medium to full-bodied flavors of cassis, spicy earth and blueberry. Quite rich, yet light on its feet, this is an absolutely textbook Pessac-Lèognan, with wonderfully velvety tannins. Drink it now, or drink it in 25 years. This is a brilliant wine.”