2013 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1268162 95 points James Suckling

 Fresh and aromatic with green papaya and lime character. Mango too. Full body, lazer guided palate with beautifully integrated fruit and wood. A great dry white Bordeaux. Drink now.  (2/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A fabulous white wine from Malartic’s 17.5 acres of white grapes, this blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon hit 13.5% natural alcohol. It offers plenty of fresh fig, honeysuckle and orange blossom notes in a dense, concentrated, rich style. The wine’s beautiful acidity and fragrance confirm that this was one of the finest white wines produced in Bordeaux in 2013. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)  (8/2014)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw. Knockout deep nose hints at white stone fruits, grapefruit, orange marmalade, fresh herbs and minerals. Very rich, ripe and suave, boasting outstanding density and precision to the multilayered white stone fruit, citrus and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes long and nuanced, with a lingering minty pepperiness. This potentially outstanding wine is one of the year's best dry whites and one of the deepest and most complex young Malartic-Lagravieres in memory. (ID)  (6/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is concentrated, dense and has superb acidity and fresh white fruits. Crisp apples, pears and spice from the wood aging are all there. Made with 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Sémillon, this is a wine for the long haul, so, if you can, wait until 2020 before drinking. Bonnet family owners are in the mix; Michel Rolland consults. (RV)  (3/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Pure, with chamomile and melon rind notes framing a core of lemon curd, white peach and mirabelle plum flavors. The long, stony finish ripples on and on. Fresh and delightful, with the balance to age. Drink now through 2017. (JM)  (4/2015)

Vinous

 The 2013 Malartic Lagravière Blanc is intense, stony and finely cut, with notable energy and focus. Here, too, the Blanc comes across as a bit raw, but with plenty of potential if it comes together more fully in aging. Tasted twice. (AG)  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

A three-star wine.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.