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Bunches of ripe grapes. Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Château Malartic Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan, Graves, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere is a big winery in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. Pessac Leognan is just south of Bordeaux city, part of it is actually in the suburbs. A few decades ago it "declared independence" from the greater appellation of Graves of which it was previously a part. It is a bit like the story of someone thinking the club was not good enough for them so they created their own club - all the best known chateaux in Graves are in Pessac Leognan (which is still considered part of Graves too).
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere was acquired in 1997 by the rich Belgian family of Michèle and Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie. They have invested massively in the winery and in the vineyards, as well as in the beautiful chateau itself, located in a small park. Today it is run by the son, Jean-Jacques Bonnie, and his wife Séverine. All the installations have been renewed: new vat-room, new fermentation tanks (stainless steel), now cellar equipment, substantial investment in new oak barrels every year etc etc. They also experiment with various new "technologies", e.g. 'vinification integrale' (fermentation of red wine in the barrel, and oak casks (barriques) of wood other than oak, e.g. acacia.
The vineyard is partially next to the winery, with typical gravely soil. It is planted with vines of the classic Bordeaux varieties: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. they also make a white wine from sauvignon blanc and sémillon grapes.
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Bordeaux Graves Chateau Malartic Lagraviere stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson