The winemaking in 2019 reflects significant work in the vineyard, to only extract delicately and use less press wine than previously in order to bring a more refined structure to the wine. Deep ruby in colour with a sweet nose of blue fruits, violets and baked vanilla. the palate is silky and fleshy, with seamless tannins allowing athe oily, ripe fruit to shine through. Fleshy and opulent through to a blueberry pie-like finish - a hedonistic 2019.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Malartic Lagravière was picked from 17 September to 11 October at 46hl/ha and sees 65% new French oak for an intended 18 months. It has a lovely bouquet with disarming blackberry, briary and subtle marine scents, just a whiff of brine in the background from the distant Gironde estuary. The palate is medium-bodied with extremely fine tannins that frame the layers of blackberry, raspberry and orange rind notes. Satin-like in texture, this feels reassuringly long in the mouth with a dab of white pepper on the aftertaste. What an outstanding Malartic from the Bonnie family. Tasted from three bottles. 2025 - 2055
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The 2019 Malartic Lagraviere is a blend of 55.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41.3% Merlot and 2.8% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 17th of September to the 11th of October. The wine is aging in French oak barrels, 65% new, for approximately 18 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of ripe blackberries, fresh black plums and boysenberries with hints of cedar chest, clove oil, violets and black licorice plus a waft of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with ripe, rich black fruits and a compelling spicy undercurrent, framed by firm, plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing on a lingering aniseed note. Very impressive!
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
This elegance and beauty of this young wine is really something. Incense, sandalwood, currants and chocolate come through on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, very fine-tannined and persistent. Sophisticated. Another 2016?
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
Bold and luscious to its core, the 2019 Malartic Lagravière certainly makes a statement. Raspberry jam, pomegranate, mint, blood orange, spice and dried flowers build as the 2019 shows off its generous curves and sumptuous personality. Malartic Lagravière is not exactly subtle, but it sure is delicious and so inviting.
|Score: 93/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|