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2016 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1432616 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Beautifully wood aged, with subtle hints of spice, this is an elegant, textured wine, ripe with white fruit tones and layered with intense, fresh acidity. Its bright highlights are tempered by warm fruitiness and by the mineral texture that promises aging. Drink from 2023. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very bright and floral with plenty of passion fruit, kiwi and melon on the nose. Juicy and elegant with a stunning balance of fruit, delicate oak and elegant acidity that drives the very long, energetic finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A terrific white that’s up with the top efforts in the vintage, the 2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc comes from a 7-hectare vineyard in the Graves region and is 85% Sauvignon and 15% Sémillon raised in 55% new barrels. It has terrific freshness and purity as well as medium body, a concentrated, layered, texture, perfumed notes of lemon curd, white grapefruits, and flowers, and a distinct sense of minerality. The whites in the vintage have a good mix of purity and richness, and this is a great example. It’s going to benefit from a year or two and drink well for at least a decade. Tasted twice, count me in as a fan. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc has a clean, precise bouquet that evokes a cold northern sea, this being one of the most saline-influenced of the Pessac whites. The palate is well balanced, with orange zest and marmalade notes spicing up the entry, and superb weight in the mouth. The finish feels extremely long. Outstanding. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Malartic Lagraviere 2016 Blanc is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon. The nose is youthfully muted, revealing subtle scents of lemongrass, crushed rocks, lime cordial and green mango with a waft of orange blossoms. Medium-bodied, the palate features great intensity with a lively backbone and long, textured finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is lovely, offering straw, white peach, chamomile and lemon curd flavors that glide through, with a glistening salted butter note gilding the chalk-edged finish. Drink now through 2021. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Well balanced. Very fresh and lively with sufficient fruit and a dry, powdery finish. Zippy and well constituted. Not heavy but long. Nutty and interesting. 17/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

92 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "Just as it was from barrel, the Malartic-Lagravière Blanc is one of the better and more complete whites of 2016. Vivid, precise and finely sculpted, the 2016 has quite a bit of floral and mineral-infused energy to play off the creamy, textured fruit. I very much like the purity here. Tasted two times." (1/2019)

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