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One of Bordeaux's Great Collectible Values - 03/06/2018 - Red Bordeaux

When it comes to value in Bordeaux, one estate we turn to again and again is Malartic-Lagravière. Since coming under the ownership of the Bonnie family, the quality of wines has been an upward trajectory culminating in the truly brilliant 2014 and 2015 vintages. Notable for their elegance and finesse, these are wines that stand among the best in Bordeaux, but are priced at a fraction of what one expects from a classified growth. Both garnered excellent critical acclaim with the 2015 picking up the same score from Vinous as La Mission Haut Brion. This is downright remarkable given the iconic status of this property. The 2014 for its part has James Suckling wondering, “Best ever bottle from here?” Clearly, these wines are among the very best of Pessac, yet remain very attractively priced.Red wine fans are are sure to fall hard for their open, expressive, and flamboyant style. This expressiveness means they will be delicious straight of the gate, but given their broad structure, the greatest reward will go to those who cellar for another 10-plus years. The hype around Malartic-Lagravière continues to grow, so it’s only a matter of time before their prices match up with their acclaim, making this a ripe opportunity to secure these gems. We can’t stress enough, if you enjoy Bordeaux, Malartic-Lagravière is a wine that belongs in your cellar.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan 95 $44.99 View
2015 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 96 $54.99 View

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2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan ($44.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tight tannins mask the ripe fruit in a wine that is set for long-term aging, so there is a dry core that dominates at the moment. But not for long: the bold black fruits are insistent and are going to be delicious. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière is a gorgeous wine, but it is also flamboyant and exotic, especially in its flavor profile. Super-ripe red cherry and plum make a strong first impression. Sweet floral and spice notes, along with ripe, silky tannins, add to the wine's sensuality. A rich, powerful wine with soft contours and striking depth, the 2014 is a real beauty. It will be even more compelling once the new oak tannins soften a bit further. (AG) 94+ points" (02/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "So perfumed with a freshness and beauty that is amazing. Blackberries, black cherries and violets. Full-bodied yet so polished and velvety. Gorgeous finish. A beauty. Best ever in bottle from here?" (02/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Clear breeding and ambition. Damson, pencil lead and wet stone aroma. Full extraction, more than most but without losing vibrancy and grip. An excellent 2014 -- the fruit floats above the tannins, one to wait for. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. (JA)" (04/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere had quite a high-toned, upfront bouquet with kirsch, crushed strawberry, iodine and iris scents that do not hold back. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin, possesses slightly lower acidity than its peers yet remains balanced. There is impressive depth to this Malartic-Lagravière with a subtle white pepper/sage note towards the finish. Though it will be overshadowed by the 2015, this is a well-crafted Pessac-Léognan with the chutzpah that it showed in barrel. (NM)" (03/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A terrific success in the vintage, the 2014 Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 70% new oak. Hitting 13.5% natural alcohol, it offers a vibrant ruby/purple color as well as vibrant aromatics of cherries, mulberries, red plums, exotic flowers, and lead pencil shavings. Medium-bodied and beautifully polished and elegant, with solid acidity, its a juicy, vibrant, fresh 2014 thats going to drink nicely for 15-20 years." (11/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid, with a core of dark plum, blackberry and fig preserve notes held in check by tarry grip. Ample singed apple wood and cocoa elements form the frame. Give this time to meld fully. Best from 2019 through 2026. (JM)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2018

The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan is a watershed vintage, displaying all the care and attention lavished on the property by the Bonnie family over the past two decades. The quality (which has continued to improve here, year after year) is exceptional. With dense, concentrated fruit wrapped around a firm, mineral core, the wine manages to remain fresh, vivacious even without compromising any ripeness. Balanced and harmonious, a complete wine. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet-Franc, 3% Petit-Verdot. One of the great values of the vintage.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2017

The Bonnie family has this property producing fabulous wines since 2000-especially in 2012-2016 vintages.Very solid, with a core of dark plum, blackberry and fig preserve notes held in check by tarry grip. Ample singed apple wood and cocoa elements form the frame.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 27, 2017

This property has really stepped up their game and this might be their best release to date. The 2014 is a wine of richness and depth showing off sweet currant and black raspberry fruit, flowers, spice and a dark edge to the persistent mineral finish. This big, lively and balanced wine will age beautifully but is delicious already.

2015 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Deeper wine from the get-go with dark violets, mocha, cassis and blackberries. The palate has suave, smooth and sturdy tannins and terrific length. Very polished and seamless with flavors of fresh black cherries, blackcurrants and blue plums. Best from 2022." (02/2018)

96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Malartic Lagravière is just as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, voluptuous and dramatic, it captures all of the natural intensity of the year. Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, licorice and French oak build into a crescendo of stunning aromas, flavors and textures. This is in an especially dark, sumptuous style, but it all works beautifully. The 2015 was positively thrilling each of the three times I tasted it. 96+ points. (AG)" (02/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Full of black-currant flavor, this firm wine has structure and a rich texture. Its bolstering tannins and vibrant acidity mark out an age-worthy selection. Spice tones and a dry core set the stage for a slow development into an even more complex and fulfilling wine. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

94 points Decanter: "One of only six estates classified in both red and white. This is great, with rich, smoky coffee grounds and not a hint of bitterness. It's easily one of the best Malartics I have tasted, hitting another level and showing improvement from its en primeur state. Very enjoyable with great persistency, it's not trying too hard but still makes its presence known. (JA)" (12/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Malartic-Lagravière is also terrific and comes from a 46-hectare vineyard in Léognan. Made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers a smorgasbord of aromatics including red currants, ripe cherries, cassis, licorice, toasty oak, and spice. With full-bodied richness, building tannin, and a rounded, sumptuous style, as well as a great finish, its going to benefit from several years in the cellar and keep for 15-20 years. Tasted three times." (11/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new and 20% one-year-old, the 2015 Malartic Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has notes of crushed black currants, fresh black berries and black raspberries with hints of tar, dried herbs and garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied, energetic and refreshing in the mouth with firm, grainy tannins and an uplifting finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A slightly high-pitched style, with a mix of red currant and raspberry fruit laced with rooibos tea and blood orange notes. A good snap of licorice adds weight on the finish, showing a flash of tar. Has sneaky depth and should evolve well in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2028. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Tremendous fruit ripeness blackcurrant and plum with oak just giving an echo of spice on the nose. Its the kind of ripeness that would have been unthinkable for Bordeaux of old. The tannin is still very punchy, although it has a softness that makes it drinkable even now. Excellent stuff! 17.5/20 points (RH)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: " The 2015 Malartic Lagraviere has enjoyed a fine run of form in recent vintages. This is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot with smaller portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet for the appellation with scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, cedar and a touch of graphite that lends it a Pauillac-like veneer. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, more black than red fruit infused with pencil lead and smoke. It fans out wonderfully toward the finish, completing a wonderful Malartic Lagravière that will age with panache. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2045." (NM)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

Loaded with tons of red fruits and a velvety texture, the 2015 Malartic is a big time winner in my book! There are hints of minerals, chocolate and spice, the wine is full and rich in the mouth, with a super long fresh finish. Tannins are ripe and integrated.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

Malartic Lagraviere- Absolutely pure sweet red fruit, a wine of freshness and elegance. Not a hint of heaviness, perfect balance and focus. 2 Stars!

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2016

Along with Malescot, this wine will rate as one of the great buys for 2015. Jean Jacques Bonnie has this property producing amazing wines of late. Both white and red. This wine is 45% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon plus a little PV and CF. Modern style but perfectly balanced with crisp acidity. Lots of Asian spice and clove on the nose. Earthy blackberry fruit flavors. A winner for sure.