Friday, 8 August 2014

Chateau Malartic-Lagravière 1958

8 Aug 2014

The Bottle of Chateau Malartic-Lagravière 1958 (my birth year) finally arrived yesterday. It has gone back into storage now. I am considering opening it at my mom' 90th birthday, 7 years from now.

Where is Malartic: 
During the province of Quebec rural colonisation in the 1920-30, the church had a major say in the province what name would villages and towns be called.. therefore loads of towns, have Saints name after them. I guess eventually they ran out of Saints, then turn and to looked for names of important people of France, such as Malartic, a French Admiral of the 1700' thus the town where I grew up in North West of the province of Quebec was named after him.

The Chateau Malartic-Lagravière: 
Located in Léognan, France, 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. in 1792, defended L'ile de France, called today ile Maurice. Later Angèle Ricard took over the family tradition and administered the Estate. Her father in Law, Captain Laurent Ridolet also a great navigator, and Commander of the « Marie-Elisabeth » a three mast ship is now seen on the Malartic-Lagravìere label. 
The Marly family were the last of the Ricard ancestry to run the Chateau. Jacques Marly was estate manager from 1947 to 1990. Now the  estate is run by the Bonnie family. 

Where did I discovered Malartic: Back in the town of Malartic, Quebec, in the late 60, my father Normand Coulombe, as an active member of the community and local politician had the opportunity to meet with a MLA that went to France on a commercial mission, had Dinner with the President of France, and what did they served at that Dinner... Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere.
The quest for Chateau Malartic-Lagravière, red and white was on.

Over the years the wine has become extremely popular in Canada and I have had the opportunity to taste both the red and the white from Malartic-Lagravière. One of my best souvenir was the Malartic-Lagravière1966 that I took back home when i was serving in Germany with the Canadian Forces in the 80. 

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