Local Delivery Available Curbside 12-5 Every Day Stores Temporarily Closed

2018 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407993 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This powerful wine combines juicy black fruits with concentrated tannins to good effect. This density and grip lends to excellent aging potential. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deep and rich in colour, this is more refined and subdued on the nose than some, with real focus, depth and layers. It needs time in bottle to unveil its potential as everything is curled up right now, from the blueberry and cassis fruits to the liquorice and chocolate touches. With time in the glass, the multitude of layers of spice and slate become apparent. It's a great quality wine that will not be rushed. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

92-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Malartic Lagravière is powerful, rich and explosive, all while retaining a mid-weight sense of structure. Black cherry, plum, gravel, chocolate, leather, lavender spice and licorice all run through this driving, juicy Pessac Léognan. I very much admire the weight and substance here. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with the Cabernet very much front and center. Tasted three times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a big ball of warm plum and boysenberry compote notes at the core, framed with a liberal dose of singed cedar and apple wood. Hasn't integrated fully yet, but there's good length and energy here, with a positive vibe. (JM, Web Only-2019) Inner quote mark

93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Freshness and depth to this wine with blackberry, blueberry and crushed-stone character on the nose and palate. Full and flavorful, yet with underlying reserve. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The medium-bodied 2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière comes from high-density plantings on gravelly soils and is a rough blend at this point of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc representing only 55% of the total production. Elegant notes of dark fruits (cassis, blackberries), gravelly earth, and forest floor all flow to a seamless Graves that has good balance, some grainy tannins, good mid-palate density, and ample length. It’s certainly going to be an outstanding wine. Tasted twice. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Malartic-Lagravière was tasted in Bordeaux, where I was not happy with the sample bottle that came across perplexingly green. The château sent two bottles so that I could re-taste them at home and these bore none of those traits. It has an intense bouquet with copious red cherry, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit. Monitoring over an hour it evolves attractive floral scents of lavender and iris flowers. The palate is medium-bodied, the new oak quite prominent on the entry though there is sufficient fruit to back it up. This is a more sumptuous Malartic Lagravière, armed with impressive density towards the finish." (04/2019)


Share |
Price: $54.99

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen can be pre-ordered. Below is the current quantity available for this pre-arrival/special order product within our database. It is never more than five minutes old. Additionally, our shopping cart looks at real time inventory so when you add an item to you cart we will do an immediate check of available inventory and alert you if there are any issues.

This product is expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Location Qty
Main Warehouse: > 60
Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Product Reviews:

Add your own review of this item

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2019 | Send Email
This is opulent with dark, purple, plummy fruit, toast and notes of licorice, mocha and herbs. The tannins are soft and elegant up front and then become more grippy on the finish, adding to the structure given by the balancing acidity. Great graphite and minerals underscore the ripe fruit.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
Very ripe and fruity upfront but lots of structure and tannin. Masculine wine and one for the cellar. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
I'll have to admit, Malartic-Lagraviere grew on me as the week wend on. If our tasting at the property was any indication, this is a brilliant vintage for them, and one of the better buys in all of Pessac for 2018. As with many 2018s, there is a lot of deep black fruits in this wine, but a mouthwatering acidity and thread of minerality keeps it fresh. A compact core hints at a potential for great things over the years, but it might require patience to get there. But at the price point, it's hard to ask for much more.

Additional Information: