A Grand Cru Classe well known by fans of the Pessac-Leognan appellation on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere has accomplished great sucess in the 2018 vintage. With a year of “two climates,” according to the property, this vintage saw a very wet first half and a very dry second, the perfect conditions to make great wines: a beautiful flowering, a hot and dry summer, a dry season with cool nights and significant water reserves... The sanitary conditions for the harvest were impeccable and the grapes were harvested at perfect ripeness, in keeping with the style sought by the property.
To produce the Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere red 2018 the property blended 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. After vinification in small truncated wooden and thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, the wines were aged in French oak barrels, 70% of which were new, on fine lees.
Revealing generous aromas of black fruits, like blackberry and blackcurrant, the Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere red 2018 is a very balanced wine with firm tannins and great density. It is a red Pessac-Leognan that has a dense texture and perfect ripeness. Aromas of chocolate, balsamic vinegar and spices give it a beautiful aromatic complexity and a long and tasty finish.
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.