2020 Château Malartic-Lagravière Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

The 2020 Malartic-Lagravière Rouge continues the impressive showing from this estate. It's true Pessac, balancing dark fruit, matte tannins, and a smoky, savoury edge. Tightly wound it needs time, but at this price this is sure to impress over many years to come.

Critic score
94.5/100
Pricing
Magnum
En primeur
30 available
£77.36
Case, 3 Magnums
En primeur
10 available
£232.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2045
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
2020 Château Malartic-Lagravière Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

Lots of blackberry, cherry and walnut aromas and flavors. Some tar, too. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins that are polished and energetic. It turns linear and long at the end. Juicy too.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
94—95/100

Concentration and intensity to the cassis and bilberry fruits. Well expressed, carefully extracted and there is good balance with a crushed mint freshness on the finish. Really starts to show subtle floral edging with time in the glass. It has a silky texture and a finessed fresh core that holds interest from beginning to end. Another successful year at this estate. Tasted twice, and this is one of the successes of the appellation. A yield of 26hl/ha (24hl/ha Cabernets, 28l/ha Merlots) compared to 46hl/ha last year. 65% new oak, harvest from 9 to 24 September. Second year with Eric Boissenot as consultant.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
94/100

The 2020 Malartic Lagravière, whose picking was completed on September 24, before the rains, has a bright, vivid nose of mineral-infused red fruit mixed with hints of blueberry and cassis. Very focused and precise, this is an aromatically sophisticated Pessac-Léognan. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, hints of wild mint coming through, and lively and tensile toward the finish. This is one of the best vintages of Malartic Lagravière that I have encountered out of bottle. Ignore at your peril.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(94—96)/100

Dark purplish crimson. Much more mineral than fruity on the nose. But very luscious fruit on the palate. With racy texture and notably fine tannins. Strongly saline finish. Distinctive and already rather appetising. Approachable young.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
17/20

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