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2017 Vintage at Châteaux Malartic-Lagraviere and Gazin Rocquencourt

An early and challenging 2017 vintage, in which the Malartic teams rose to the occasion!

Climatic conditions were marked by historic frosts in late April, that impacted especially the second wines. Fortunately, this was followed by some excellent spring weather, resulting in a fast, uniform and beautiful flowering mid-May. The late spring with a heatwave period was followed by an uneven summer but this promoted excellent ripening.

We approached the harvest early September with optimism. The whites, with great concentrations and nice freshness, showed superb aromas.

The reds quickly followed two weeks later (14 September to 3 October): This harvests required a responsive approach: relatively early and intense, but calm. The changeable weather forced a day-to-day monitoring but without ever overwhelming us.

Despite low volumes, the grapes had ripened very well, thanks to the careful selection work carried out after the frost by our team.

For the whites, the aromatic profiles are superb; the wines show a crisp line of acidity, good tightness and a pleasant sappiness, with plenty of fruit and a good quality framework.

The Malartic reds also present beautiful aromatic concentrations, with delicious fruitiness accompanied by a pleasant freshness, a sure sign of balance. The tannins are ripe, with a velvety, rounded texture. Overall, the impression is of superb complexity and depth.