2020 - Ch Malartic-Lagravière Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2023 - 2032
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 CH MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE BLANC GRAND CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2023 - 2032
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £216.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc has a very well-defined bouquet, although unlike its peers, this demands a few minutes to find its voice. But it is worth the patience, delivering almost Burgundy-like citrus fruit mixed with apricot, citrus lemon and crushed stone aromas. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity that cuts through the intense notes of citrus peel, lychee and chamomile. Great energy here, and it fans out gloriously toward the finish. Sophisticated and quite delicious. Drink 2024 - 2040

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc is bright and airy in its aromatics, but then shows its power on the palate, mostly the result of a higher percentage of Sémillon than in the past. White flowers, lemon confit, anise, white pepper and mint give the 2020 a brilliant aromatic upper register. The 2020 is going to be fascinating to follow, as it possesses tremendous depth and textural intensity. There is a lot of wine here. Tasted three times. Drink 2025 - 2035

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    71.8% Sauvignon, 28.2% Sémillon A stunning style, so full of energy. This is bright, fresh and vibrantly racy with characters of zesty lime and chamomile. All this vitality is carefully balanced by its gentle, harmonious, creamy texture and lovely floral mouth feel. Quite simply gloriously appealing and will give youthful pleasure. Drink 2023-2032

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 95-96

    Lots of dried-apple and lime aromas and flavors with some green melon. It’s full-bodied and creamy with a nice combination of fruit and intensity. Phenolic and structured.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    Mango, white peach, lemon, flowers, an array of spices and a gentle touch of almond make a beautiful perfume. Lush, creamy and loaded with sweet, fresh, bright, yellow citrus, green apples, grapefruit and a drizzle of pineapple are found on the palate. This is so good now, it is going to be hard not to open it on release. But patience is a virtue. So give it at least 5 years in the cellar and it will be a much more complete, complex wine.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16.5+

    Rich nose with Sémillon evident, floral and broad. Pear juice, grip and nuanced. A really interesting wine. Long and exciting. 14% Drink 2022 – 2027

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Producer

Château Malartic-Lagravière

For many years, Malartic Lagravière was an underachiever. With high yields and poor viticulturalmanagement, it produced mediocre wines. However, in 1997 it was purchased by the Bonnie familywho have invested heavily in the estate creating a state-of-the-art chai that is so modern it could be featured in the next Bond film. Indeed, it even includes a cooling system that uses ultrasound to break up water particles which have been purified by ultraviolet rays. Wow. A second wine has further helped them harness better concentration and ripeness in their grand vin.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.