I often find the names of Bordeaux wineries to be, well, kind of unusual. This one is no exception. After a little digging, I learned it started off as Domaine de Lagravière and in the late 1700s was owned by Count Hippolyte de Maurès de Malartic – who led many offensives against the English, including one at the Battle of Quebec in 1756.
In 1850 under the stewardship of the Ricard family, Malartic was added and the name has stuck ever since. The Ricard-Marlys ran it until 1996 when the Bonnie family from Belgium stepped in.
On the eyes, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (45), Merlot (45), Cabernet Franc (8) and Petit Verdot (2) is deep garnet with long, slow legs.
On the nose it’s deep with ripe cassis, black cherry, spicy cedar frond and pencil shaving.
The palate is dry with tightly woven tannins and medium plus acidity with flavours of ripe blackberry, loganberry, black currant, lead pellet, cedar and clove. A developing and powerful wine, the finish is exceptionally long while the flavours and nose are dense.
WSET Very Good plus – balanced and textured, it’s accessible (2016) although it may have benefited from more time laying down. If you have a bottle, age for 5 to 8 years longer.