The Graves terroir
The historic birthplace of Bordeaux wines
Nothing outstanding can be achieved without an exceptional terroir.
Château Malartic-Lagravière is situated on a high terrace that has been deeply etched by the Eau Blanche stream and its tributaries. It sits on 8-meter-deep deposits of gravelly soil dating from the Quaternary period.
The evocative name of ‘Lagravière’ underlines the great quality manifest in the soils of this vineyard, reputed for its location on the finest gravel hillock in Léognan.
Whilst the layer of gravel makes for excellent surface drainage, the shell-rich limestone sub-soil, made up of fossils from warm seas and veins of clay, store large amounts of water. This ensures an adequate supply for the vine, even during the most severe droughts.
The permeable soil, perfect amounts of sunshine and limited vulnerability to the vagaries of the weather are all favourable factors. These have been further enhanced by the ‘sur mesure’ – tailored approach to the management of the vines that has been pursued by the Bonnie family ever since their arrival.
Classified Growth of Graves in red and White
53 hectares/131 acres (46 ha/114a of red et 7 ha/17a of white)
45% Merlot – 45% Cabernet Sauvignon – 8% Cabernet Franc – 2% Petit Verdot
80% Sauvignon – 20% Sémillon
From the beginning, the Bonnie family placed particular importance on the vineyard environment and the way that it is maintained.Read more
The Bonnie Family has always been attentive to the vineyard environment and the impact of tasks carried out by its teams on the vines and the grapes, and the surrounding area: the various habitats, flora and fauna, and water sources near the plots. Several large-scale good practices have been introduced at the property since 1997, with an “integrated management” approach (full ploughing, no herbicides, minimum application of treatments, and integrated pest management (planting of kilometres of mixed hedge, the growing of flowers on fallow land etc.))
The property received Agriculture Raisonnée (Sustainable Agriculture) certification since 2008
Integrated management of the vines
Full ploughing of the vineyard to eliminate the use of herbicides.
The vineyard is ploughed from April to August. In September, natural flora cover the top soil preserving life in the soil during the winter period.
The soil is then revived and there is a rich biodiversity in the vineyard, which becomes a living terroir.
Sustainable Agriculture (Agriculture raisonnée)
We manage the vines according to sustainable agriculture principles. This involves a combination of measures in which the use of phytosanitary products is kept to a strict minimum. The property received certification since 2008.
Minimum use of treatments
The treatments are reduced to have as little impact as possible on humans, plants and wildlife
Products are used according to a strict internal charter
No chemical-based insecticides
Management of the soil/plant balance: organic matter
Integrated management measures
With a view to respecting good practice in sustainable agriculture, several other measures have been introduced:
Planting of hedges; fallow land where flowers can grow; installation of beehives; compensatory measures (a tree cut down = a tree planted); creation of hunting reserves; composting etc.
Other environmental practices
Treatment of waste, water; monitoring carbon footprint; environmentally friendly management of the upstream and downstream supply chain; appropriate winemaking practices:
No fining of wines, gentle filtration, use of indigenous yeasts for the red wines and non-GMO exogenous yeasts for the whites, purchase of barrels and crates (our suppliers adhere to a sustainable development charter), management of SO2: rigorous hygiene policy in order to reduce as far as possible the use of sulphur in our wines.