The 2015 Malartic-Lagravière is bolder than its peers on the nose with blackberry, raspberry, iodine and light cedar aromas, quite upfront but nicely defined, pencil lead scents emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip, and well balanced. Pencil lead again, and infused black fruit toward the finish. It is not what you might describe as an "exciting" wine, but it is well crafted and it will reward bottle age. One for the patient among you. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Malartic Lagraviere has enjoyed a fine run of form in recent vintages. This is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot with smaller portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet for the appellation with scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, cedar and a touch of graphite that lends it a Pauillac-like veneer. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, more black than red fruit infused with pencil lead and smoke. It fans out wonderfully toward the finish, completing a wonderful Malartic Lagravière that will age with panache. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2045.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Malartic-Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot that was harvested between 21 September and 7 October at 43 hl/ha, matured in 80% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet, a little more reticent than its peers at first, opening gradually with blackberry, raspberry coulis and strawberry pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a keen line of acidity, fresh and brisk with plenty of mineralité on the finish. This is a classic, serious Malartic with huge potential. Chapeau to the Bonnie family for creating a stupendous Pessac-Léognan. Drink: 2020 - 2050.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new and 20% one-year-old, the 2015 Malartic Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has notes of crushed black currants, fresh black berries and black raspberries with hints of tar, dried herbs and garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied, energetic and refreshing in the mouth with firm, grainy tannins and an uplifting finish. 2019 - 2033
|Score: 92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
Deeper wine from the get-go with dark violets, mocha, cassis and blackberries. The palate has suave, smooth and sturdy tannins and terrific length. Very polished and seamless with flavors of fresh black cherries, blackcurrants and blue plums. Best from 2022.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This shows fabulous depth of fruit and ripe tannins that last for minutes. Full body. Insane finish. Powerful. Greatest ever from here.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Malartic Lagravière is just as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, voluptuous and dramatic, it captures all of the natural intensity of the year. Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, licorice and French oak build into a crescendo of stunning aromas, flavors and textures. This is in an especially dark, sumptuous style, but it all works beautifully. The 2015 was positively thrilling each of the three times I tasted it. 2023 - 2035
|Score: 96+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Malartic Lagravière is a total rock star. Deep, powerful and exotic, the 2015 sweeps across the palate with stunning richness and intensity. The creamy voluptuousness of the vintage is on full display. The blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc works beautifully here. Rich, unctuous and also super-expressive, the 2015 is bursting at the seams with intensity. Dark cherry, mocha, plum and spice notes meld into the huge, effortless finish. This is an utterly thrilling wine from Malartic Lagravière, but it is also tightly wound and in need of serious cellaring. This is another stellar showing from the Bonnie family and consultant Michel Rolland. Don't miss it!
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Zesty and vibrant but verging on raw in terms of the acid and astringency.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Dark crimson. Lively, putty nose - very lifted on the nose but then rather rich and sweet on the palate. Appetising, really mineral finish. Good stuff.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Dark crimson. Smells deep and dark and promising. Rich, chewy and less typically Pessac but lots going on. Full and sturdy and with bags of fruit to fill out this relatively powerful Pessac. Long and embryonic. (JH) 14%
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
This Pessac Leognan Chateau has been making excellent wines in recent years under the management of owner Jean-Jacques Bonnie whose family purchased the property in 1997. The 46 hectare vineyard is planted with equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. A property on the rise where prices tend to be reasonable. Deep purple colour, with an elegant and perfumed nose of plums and blackcurrants. The palate is ripe, but with a fresh acidity that gives an unforced, elegant and floral character to the fruit. This vibrancy cuts through ripe cassis and sweet vanilla from the oak. The tannins are suple and smooth, giving a rounded mouthfeel. The finish is long and pure.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
The 2015 Malartic-Lagravière is also terrific and comes from a 46-hectare vineyard in Léognan. Made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers a smorgasbord of aromatics including red currants, ripe cherries, cassis, licorice, toasty oak, and spice. With full-bodied richness, building tannin, and a rounded, sumptuous style, as well as a great finish, it’s going to benefit from several years in the cellar and keep for 15-20 years. Tasted three times. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 92||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The fruit is sweet and ripe the nose has depth and the palate dark chocolate richness. The ripe fruit on the mid palate is underpinned by bramble freshness balance with at the back rich sweet fruit and depth on the finish.
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
The wines from this property, both red and white, are getting better and better, showing less
oak and extraction than they used to. Structured, intense, yet refreshing and well balanced,
this shows chalky minerality and fine, savoury fruit flavours. Drink: 2022-32
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
With a delicious scent of macerated berries and a good bright attack on the palate I can forgive the tannins because they
are bound to fall into line. Good wine.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|