95 Points - Neal Martin
The 2016 Malartic-Lagravière has a wonderful bouquet of perfumed, mainly red fruit laced with potpourri, black olive tapenade and light brine-like aromas - a bouquet full of personality. The fresh, harmonious palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of salinity toward the loam-tinged finish. Bon vin from the Bonnies.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
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The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Château Malartic-Lagravière is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The château was bought from the famous Champagne house Laurent-Perrier by Belgian couple Alfred-Alexandre and Michèle Bonnie in 1996. The estate not only produces high quality reds, but also a Sauvignon Blanc-dominated white wine. The winery at Château Malartic-Lagravière was designed by renowned architect Bernard Mazières in 1998, who has designed many famous wineries in Bordeaux including châteaux Petrus, Mouton Rothschild, Latour and Gruaud Larose to name but a few and even others across Europe, such as Masseto in Tuscany. The vat room is also highly innovative with a mixture of conical wooden and stainless steel vats all set out in an octagonal layout. Today the estate is run by Alfred-Alexandre and Michèle’s son and daughter-in-law, Jean-Jacques and Severine with Michel Rolland and Athanase Fakorellis as consulting oenologists. The Château also has second wine, La Réserve de Malartic Rouge (previously known as Le Sillage de Malartic).
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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