A scent of adventure
Domaine de Lagravière, recognized since time immemorial for its excellent terroir, was purchased at the end of the eighteenth century by the family of Count Hippolyte de Maurès de Malartic. Serving the armies of the Kings of France, this Admiral fought against the English on the many seas of the world, showing special bravery in 1756 during the battle of Quebec.Read more
The estate was then bought in 1850 by Madame Arnaud Ricard, who added the name Malartic to that of Lagravière as a tribute to the former owners.
After land reorganisation and the acquisition of some small plots, the estate took on the form which it was to keep until the 1950s.
The Marly family were the last of the Ricard ancestry to run the Château. Of particular note, Jacques Marly was estate manager from 1947 to 1990.
Having enjoyed an excellent reputation from the beginning of the nineteenth century, Château Malartic-Lagravière was one of only six properties in Bordeaux to enter the 1953 Graves classification for both its red and white wines.
At the end of 1996, the Château entered a new era with the arrival of the Bonnie family.
A modern day adventure
The wine is anchored in history, come hell or high water.Read more
Today, the taste for adventure still runs through the veins of those that shape its destiny.
After a brief period under the stewardship of champagne maker Laurent-Perrier, a new course was set in late 1996 when Alfred-Alexandre and Michèle Bonnie bought the estate.
Beginning in 1997, this Belgian couple embarked on an extensive programme of changes. Assisted from 2003 by their son Jean-Jacques and his wife Séverine, and joined by their eldest daughter, Véronique and husband Bruno in 2008, the Château is in good hands!
Their top priority is to instil quality at all levels: the care lavished on the vines is worthy of the estate’s superb viticultural heritage and the ultra efficient wine making facilities installed in 1997 are still among the most sophisticated in Bordeaux.
The cellars, function rooms, Château and park provide a superb setting that reflects the high quality of the wines.
As a result of all these efforts, Malartic-Lagravière has regained the splendour that earned its wines their international reputation…and the adventure is now a family affair!
Passion and family commitments
Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie occupied positions as a director and CEO of major companies before creating his own business with his wife Michèle. Wine has always been his great passion.
Having decided that Bordeaux would be the ideal starting point to pursue his ambitions, he and Michèle purchased Château Malartic-Lagravière, a Classified Growth of Graves, in 1996.
In 2003, Alfred-Alexandre and Michèle were joined by their son Jean-Jacques and his wife Séverine. Both are graduates of the University of Oenology in Bordeaux and are passionate about winegrowing.
In 2005, the family invested in another French property, acquiring Château Gazin Rocquencourt, one of the oldest properties in Pessac-Léognan, which is also not far from Malartic-Lagravière.
In 2006, Véronique, their eldest daughter, took over management of the operation’s finances and administration, while her husband Bruno joined Vignobles Malartic, and is responsible for the commercialization of their Argentine wines.
Véronique and Jean-Jacques are both executive vice-president of Vignobles Malartic.
Vignobles Malartic, the adventure continues…
Château Gazin Rocquencourt – in Léognan – joined Vignobles Malartic at the end of 2005.
Located on a superb gravelly hill top on the left bank of the Eau Blanche, the single block twenty-eight hectares property, with twenty-two hectares in production, is one of the oldest in the commune.
New wine making facilities with a vat room based on the gravity operated approach, gradual restructuring of the vineyard, renovation of the Château, and all the expertise of the teams at Malartic-Lagravière have resulted in making this magnificent property one of the best in the appellation.
Also in 2005, the Bonnie family explored new terroirs with the acquisition of Clos de los Siete, a single block of 130 hectares.
This was to lead to the creation of Bodega DiamAndes, which stands majestically in the foothills of the Andes Cordillera, at an altitude of 1100 metres, enjoying superb conditions in the Uco Valley, to the south of Mendoza.
With a perfect terroir and an entirely gravity operated winery, Bodega DiamAndes has produced wines since 2007 that have an excellent capacity for ageing. They combine the opulence and roundness of Malbec – the king of the Argentine grape varieties – with the length, complexity and elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Malartic-Lagravière: the story of a family’s devotion to an exceptional terroir
Driven by a taste for adventure and a passion for winegrowing, the Bonnie family have worked with tireless energy since 1997…Read more
2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the family’s management of the property. Since the spectacular metamorphosis carried out by Alfred and Michèle when they arrived in February 1997, Château Malartic-Lagravière has flourished under the management of their children Véronique and Jean-Jacques, accompanied by their respective spouses Bruno and Séverine.
Alongside their teams, the highest level of expertise is applied at every stage of the production process. This intense involvement has become a state of mind, and represents their philosophy. The approach was established very early on, with the use of the best possible techniques in the vineyard and the cellar, so as to be able to do justice to the magnificent gravel terroir! Vintage after vintage, this meticulous care at a fundamental level for two decades is now bearing fruit.
Twenty years. It seems like a lot, and yet so little at the same time… A portion of life within the ongoing story of man’s intimate relationship with the land. A story that can be traced back to the property’s 18th century origins.
So it is that the Bonnie family has greatly contributed to Malartic-Lagravière’s current success. Recognized by leading experts all over the world, its wines have never been more secure in the position they deserve at the highest level. The Bonnies like to think that their mark will be appreciated by future generations through the wines themselves, that will continue to express the soul of Malartic’s terroir.