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The history of this estate dates back to 1756. Having enjoyed an excellent reputation from the beginning of the nineteenth century, Château Malartic-Lagravière was one of only six properties in Bordeaux to enter the 1953 Graves classification for both its red and white wines.
After a brief period under the stewardship of champagne maker Laurent-Perrier, a new course was set in late 1996 when Alfred-Alexandre and Michèle Bonnie bought Château Malartic-Lagravière, a Classified Growth in Graves.
Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie occupied positions as a director and CEO of major companies before turning to his passion for wine. Beginning in 1997, this Belgian couple embarked on an extensive program of changes. Assisted from 2003 by their son Jean-Jacques and his wife Séverine, and joined by their eldest daughter, Véronique and husband Bruno in 2008, the Château is a family affair.
Their top priority is to instill quality at all levels: the care lavished on the vines is worthy of the estate’s superb viticultural heritage and the ultra efficient wine making facilities installed which are among the most sophisticated in Bordeaux. As a result of all these efforts, Malartic-Lagravière has regained the splendor that earned its wines their international reputation…and the adventure is now a family affair with the help of world renowned oenologist Michel Rolland!
In 2005, the family invested in another French property, acquiring Château Gazin Rocquencourt, one of the oldest properties in Pessac-Léognan, which is not far from Malartic-Lagravière.
Blend: 52% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Cabernet-Franc, 5% Petit-Verdot
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. Beautiful deep red with glints of violet. On the nose, fine intensity, pleasantly complex, with red fruit, floral, smoky, toasted, and mineral notes. On the palate, mellow, smooth attack, well-rounded with good volume. The same aromatic profile develops as the nose, with fruity, toasted, smoky, slightly minerally notes. Plump tannins. La Reserve de Malartic 2012 presents good length and pleasant complexity. A charming, enjoyable wine that offers a good representation of the appellation and the terroir.
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