The 2013 Malartic-Lagravière comprises a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It has a slightly monotone bouquet with blackberry and bilberry fruit, but it does not articulate the terroir with the same panache as the 2012 or 2014. The palate is medium-bodied with bitter tannin on the entry, quite tannic in the mouth but without the fruit to back it up so that the finish feels astringent. I feel the difficult vintage leans heavily on this wine and it falls far short of recent successes at the estate. Tasted at the vertical tasting at Malartic-Lagravière.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2022
90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon. Fairly light bodied, fresh lemon fruit, rather flat on the palate, with just a hint of oxidation, perhaps? Doesn’t have the intensity or purity of the 2016. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2019