The Bonnie family, originally from Belgium, but now very much at home in Pessac Leognan are making excellent wines at Malartic Lagraviere. Brooding and dark on the nose with hints of tar, black fruit gums and chocolate box interspersed with little red berries. The palate is svelte and pure with a core of cassis with notes of raspberry and cranberry. There is good structure and the tannins have been well worked. There's lots of potential here.
Malartic Lagraviere is a Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Pessac-Léognan.
The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.