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Château Malartic-Lagravière Celebrates Culinary Excellence


On the occasion of the Vinexpo Welcome Dinner – Château Malartic-Lagravière – 12 May 2019

Léognan, 6 May 2019 – Organizing the Vinexpo Welcome Dinner 2019 for the Crus Classés de Graves on Sunday, 12 May, Château Malartic-Lagravière once again celebrates culinary excellence. Following Yannick Alleno’s tour de force for the sumptuous 2017 Fête de La Fleur (Commanderie du Bontemps Vinexpo closing evening), Alfred and Michèle Bonnie welcome three-star chef Arnaud Lallement, from L’Assiette Champenoise, near Reims (Champagne area).

Inspired by the same quest for excellence, for the pure expression of flavours and the character of the terroir, three star chef Arnaud Lallement (from L’Assiette Champenoise in Tinqueux, near Reims) and Château Malartic-Lagravière will be collaborating to offer an exceptional dinner on the occasion of Vinexpo’s opening on 12 May 2019. This partnership with top international chefs presents once again an opportunity for a celebration of Haute Cuisine which sublimes Château Malartic-Lagravière’s finest wines all over the world.

The last edition of Vinexpo Bordeaux was closed at Malartic-Lagravière on 21 June 2017 with a sumptuous evening celebrating the Fête de la Fleur, a truly memorable occasion! Yannick Alleno, who is twice been awarded three stars, served an exceptional menu to 1500 guests, perfectly matched with wines from the property, providing a fitting celebration of the Bonnie family’s 20 years at Malartic-Lagravière, and a wonderful souvenir for all those present.

On Sunday 12 May 2019, for the opening of Vinexpo Bordeaux 2019, Château Malartic-Lagravière will be hosting the traditional Crus Classés de Graves Vinexpo dinner. Over the course of this prestigious evening, 400 guests, consisting of wine professionals from all over the world, will be served a 3-star dinner by Arnaud Lallement paired with Crus Classés de Graves wines. The dinner will take place in Malartic’s magnificent winery, decorated with luxurious greenery especially for the occasion.

While Chef Arnaud Lallement will be cooking in Bordeaux for the first time, he shares a natural bond with the Bonnie family: they are both inspired by a passion for the products of their region and the story of the men and women who produce them. Arnaud works closely with winegrowers in his native Champagne, and delights in pairing wines with his food. The creation of a special menu paired with their wines is a superb occasion for him to express his immense talent and his dedication to gastronomic products of exceptional quality.

The Vinexpo menu will offer a marriage made in heaven: Arnaud Lallement’s signature dish, Blue Lobster, in homage to my Daddy, sumptuously accompanied by the Malartic-Lagravière 1999 red. A remarkable, intense combination, a blend of land and sea, of passions and memories, that symbolises the union of these two creators of exceptional products, both devoted to their terroir, and to the transmission of excellence from generation to generation. With this dish, Arnaud pays tribute to his father, who founded the Assiette Champenoise in 1975. For Alfred and Michèle, it is now a few years since they passed on the management of Vignobles Malartic to their children Véronique and Jean-Jacques, inspiring in them the same passion and energy.

A combination of tradition and modernity, passion and rigour, of different generations of the same family, Château Malartic-Lagravière’s wines have a special resonance with Arnaud Lallement’s cuisine. We are confident that their union will delight guests at the Crus Classés de Graves dinner.

Vinexpo Welcome Dinner – Crus Classés de Graves, 12 May 2019

For the more than 25 years, the Graves Crus Classés Vinexpo dinner has brought together numerous figures from the world of wine from countries all over the world. They meet for the evening, sharing their interest in the Crus Classés de Graves: these wonderful family properties that manage to produce excellent red and white wines year after year. President of the Union of the Crus Classés de Graves since 2015, Jean-Jacques Bonnie will have the pleasure of welcoming the guests alongside the President of Vinexpo, Christophe Navarre.

About Château Malartic-Lagravière

Since 1997, Alfred and Michèle Bonnie, and their children Véronique and Jean-Jacques, have devoted themselves with energy and passion to the ongoing improvement of Château Malartic-Lagravière’s wines. The Bonnies and their team produce complex, balanced, elegant wines of such precision that they can be compared to the world of “haute couture”. Located on a terroir whose quality has been recognized for centuries, the property, initially owned by the family of Comte Hippolyte Maurès de Malartic, was known as the Domaine de La Gravière until 1850, after which it took its current name of Château Malartic-Lagravière. Built in the 18th century, three families watched over its destiny until its acquisition by Alfred and Michèle, who have restored it and improved the wines to an exceptionally high standard. The Bonnies, accompanied by their team, also have a passionate commitment to the land. This intense involvement has evolved into a philosophy. A vision that was pursued from a very early stage, with a constant quest for innovation, even in very traditional techniques, ranging from horse-drawn ploughing to intra-plot management, accompanied by a strong environmental commitment, reflected in a rigorous eco-chapter, sustainable and HEV certifications.

About Arnaud Lallement

Born in 1974, Arnaud began his career at the hotel school in Strasbourg where he revealed his true passion: cuisine. He entered the family business, the Assiette Champenoise in Reims, founded by his father in 1975, and took over management of the kitchen in 2000. He was awarded his first Michelin star in 2001. In 2014 he entered the highly elite circle of three-star chefs, and was voted “Chef of the Year” by the Gault et Millau guide. Contemporary and voluptuous, Arnaud Lallement’s cuisine resonates with his native Champagne. “Behind each dish, there is always a story of men and women with whom I share a passion for products of exceptional quality”. This is a passion that Arnaud also shares with his family, constantly paying tribute to his father’s memory, as reflected in his signature dish Homard bleu de mon père (“Blue Lobster, tribute to my Daddy”).



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