As with many of the great Blancs of Bordeaux, Château Malartic-Lagravière’s expression is produced in extremely limited quantities. A majority Sauvignon Blanc blend with Semillon, the fruit is grown in limestone and clay soils in a cool micro-climate that suits the fresh style of Bordeaux whites.
There is little skin contact in the pressing of this Blanc, and fermentation takes place in 50–70% new French oak. It is aged on lees to encourage a richness of texture and on the palate.
"The 2016 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc has a clean, precise bouquet that evokes a cold northern sea, this being one of the most saline-influenced of the Pessac whites. The palate is well balanced, with orange zest and marmalade notes spicing up the entry, and superb weight in the mouth. The finish feels extremely long. Outstanding. 2019-2038"
94 Points, Vinous
"Very bright and floral with plenty of passion fruit, kiwi and melon on the nose. Juicy and elegant with a stunning balance of fruit, delicate oak and elegant acidity that drives the very long, energetic finish. Drink or hold."
95 Points, JamesSuckling.com
A terrific white that’s up with the top efforts in the vintage, the 2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc comes from a 7-hectare vineyard in the Graves region and is 85% Sauvignon and 15% Sémillon raised in 55% new barrels. It has terrific freshness and purity as well as medium body, a concentrated, layered, texture, perfumed notes of lemon curd, white grapefruits, and flowers, and a distinct sense of minerality. The whites in the vintage have a good mix of purity and richness, and this is a great example. It’s going to benefit from a year or two and drink well for at least a decade. Tasted twice, count me in as a fan.
94 points, jebdunnuck.com (February 2019)
The Malartic Lagraviere 2016 Blanc is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon. The nose is youthfully muted, revealing subtle scents of lemongrass, crushed rocks, lime cordial and green mango with a waft of orange blossoms. Medium-bodied, the palate features great intensity with a lively backbone and long, textured finish.
93 points, Wine Advocate (December 2018)
Just as it was from barrel, the Malartic-Lagravière Blanc is one of the better and more complete whites of 2016. Vivid, precise and finely sculpted, the 2016 has quite a bit of floral and mineral-infused energy to play off the creamy, textured fruit. I very much like the purity here. Tasted two times.
92 points, Vinous (January 2019)