Château Malartic-Lagravière

So often in Bordeaux tales of familial domination eventually peter out, giving way to corporate fiscal superiority. Whether the owner is a French insurance firm, a Japanese conglomerate, or even a Champagne house, ownership and control by big business is today part-and-parcel of Bordeaux. In fact, as Napoleonic laws of inheritance essentially force families into converting their estates into family-run businesses, and punitive inheritance taxes also take their toll, it seems an almost inevitable progression.

Château Malartic-Lagravière

And so it is very fine to read of an estate where this process has been reversed. Château Malartic-Lagravière has passed through the hands of a number of notable families; one imagines that Lagravière may relate to an original owner, although the evidence for this is sparse; it is perhaps more likely that it relates to the soil or location instead. And then came the Malartic, Ricard, Ridoret and Marly families, each of which made their mark on the property and vineyard, before the estate finally fell into the ownership of a well known Champagne house.

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