Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Dark, dense crimson color. The nose is elegant, expressing lots of ripe fruit (blackberries and blackcurrants), and also some aromas of white flowers with a few notes of mint and white pepper. Thepalate is velvety, developing the same flavors as the bouquet with great freshness and some additional notes of mocha and chocolate. The structure is complex and balanced, with racy, silky tannins. Overall, a very appealing, dense, well-balanced wine with a long, persistent finish. The terroir's signature characteristics are recognizable in this elegant, seductive, classic vintage.
Blend: 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate - "This beauty, which achieved 13% natural alcohol (because of the late Indian Summer that saved the vintage), boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet kiss of graphite, ink, black currants, raspberries, charcoal, and cigar box. Spicy, elegant, layered, and medium to full-bodied, this delicious, complex offering should be consumed over the next 12-15 years."
Wine Enthusiast - "While initially the fruit seems tight and stalky, there is also a rich layer of spice, black currant and balanced wood flavors. Acidity is prominent, but it fits well into the fruit. "
Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Winery
Château Malartic-Lagravière is one of the only six classified growths both for its red and white in Bordeaux.
The Domaine de Lagravière, famed since time immemorial for its excellent terroir and this famous "hillock" of gravel. In honour of the Count Hippolyte of Malartic, admiral who served the Kings of France and owner of the Domaine in the 18th Century, the Château was renamed Malartic-Lagraviere. Bought by Michèle and Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie at the end of 1996, the 53 hectares (131 acres) estate, including 7 hectares (17 acres) of white, has been completely renovated: both vineyard and technical facilities benefit from highest standards of equipment and methods of work (integrated farming, entirely gravity process…). As a result, Malartic-Lagravière is now renowned as being among the best wines in Bordeaux. View all Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Wines
About Pessac-LeognanView a map of Pessac-Leognan wineries (PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn)
One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Léognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Médoc classification – Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia.
The majority of wines made here are red, but Pessac-Léognan is also known for producing some of the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux. Many of the top chateau, like Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Mission Haut Brion, produce top-quality whites alongside their red. Other Chateaux, like Smith Haut Lafite and Carbonnieux, are better known for their distinguished white wines than reds. Both colors of wine from this region have the specific tastes of the gravelly soil where it's grown.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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