2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Stony and restrained, there’s juicy strawberry fruit and pencil shavings, as well as baked earth and a touch of cumin. The palate is finely judged with good energy on the finish. Very good.

Critic score
93.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£44.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    45% Cabernet Sauvignon
    45% Merlot
    8% Cabernet Franc
    2% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2045
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

This is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, to be aged for 18-22 months in oak barriques, 70% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Malartic Lagraviere gives scents of baked red and black cherries, warm blackcurrants and balsamic with touches of underbrush, moss-covered bark and tobacco. Full-bodied, firm and chewy in the mouth, it packs in the berry preserves with some pepper and spice sparks coming through on the long finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(92—94)/100

Freshness and depth to this wine with blackberry, blueberry and crushed-stone character on the nose and palate. Full and flavorful, yet with underlying reserve.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(93—94)/100

The 2018 Malartic Lagravière is powerful, rich and explosive, all while retaining a mid-weight sense of structure. Black cherry, plum, gravel, chocolate, leather, lavender spice and licorice all run through this driving, juicy Pessac Léognan. I very much admire the weight and substance here. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with the Cabernet very much front and center. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(92—95)/100