We've been an admirer of the Bonnie's Malartic Lagraviere for some time, so we were rather puzzled by their 2015. It just seems to be too ambitious. Initially black fruited and savoury, the fruit never really copes with the immense tannic structure. It dries out and lacks freshness. Time will tell whether it works.
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.