2016 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299370 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is intense and concentrated, ripe in generous tropical and citrus fruits. There is plenty of lemon as well as grapefruit in the tight, mineral texture. It is likely to age well, and should be best from 2020. (RV)  (4/2017)

93-94 points James Suckling

 A dense and layered white with lots of cooked-pear and apple character. Full and intense. Lots going on here. Wait and see.  (4/2017)

90-93 points Vinous

 Malartic Lagravière's 2016 Blanc is one of the most distinctive whites of the vintage. Creamy, vivid and layered, it exudes personality from start to finish. Slate, crushed rocks, white orchard fruit, smoke and citrus notes are all beautifully delineated in this classy, expressive wine. Michel Rolland is the consultant. (AG)  (4/2017)

92 points Decanter

 Grassy, vibrant and clean, although it could have a bit more clear definition on the attack. It is full of classicism and does exceptionally well in the context of the vintage, building up over the course of the palate. A striking wine that stands out in the lineup, coming in with a final flourish of white flowers and mouthwatering citrus, with a curl of smoked minerals adding a welcome point of bitterness on the finish to focus the palate. (JA)  (4/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh, with a quinine hint amid the mix of lime pith, fennel and verbena flavors. Good purity through the finish. (JM)  (4/2017)

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85% Sauvignon Blanc. Clean and lemony on the palate. Good Value!
Drink from 2018 to 2023

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

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.