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01.05.2024

2018 Le Comte de Malartic



Release Price: $40.00 
winestore. Price: $24.99 (net)

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Every now and again a wine shows up, it's the first time we have ever carried it, and it just takes off like a rocket ship.

2018 Le Comte de Malartic is just that wine.

Napa winemaking icon Jayson Pahlmeyer had a quote about second label wines (specifically about the Jayson red blend that was his $50 second label to the $150 Pahlmeyer Prop Red) that I love. He said "“The Jayson goes into the same brand new French oak barrels [as the main label, Pahlmeyer], has the same barrel-aging regimen, same blending, same care and dedication from my winemaker,” Pahlmeyer explains. “It’s 90 percent of the quality at 50 percent of the price.”
 
90% of the quality at 50% of the price is a standard I can get behind.
 
One of the best wines I tasted in 2023 was the 2018 Chateau Malartic La Graviere, but at $59.99 that is not in my weekly wine budget.

Their second label, 2018 Le Comte de Malartic, is squarely in my weekend wine budget though!
 
In 2018 for this wine, we’re talking about almost the exact same grape blend, same vat period, same vinification methods, and really the only difference being yields (the Comte is from some of the younger vines on the Estate that have higher yields), and aging time - the Comte sees 15 months vs 18 months for the big boy.
 
After tasting the wine I think Jayson Pahlmeyer is pretty spot on.

Is it as good as the flagship wine? It is not.
 
But at $24.99 vs. $59.99 it suddenly becomes probably one of the 5 best sub $25 wines we carry in the entire store.

It reminds me a bit of a wine called Mas Doix Salanques from Priorat. Not in that they taste the same, but Salanques was a second label to the $100 Mas Doix, and at $29.99 it was not only delicious, I have bottles that are now 20 years old and still taste fresh and young. As a collector and wine lover, finding $25 wines that can go the distance is part of the fun!
 
No other bottles of this vintage are currently for sale in the United States.

Wine.com does have the 2019 vintage available for $34.99 per bottle.
 
A great wine for your cellar / wine fridge, for this weekend, or just because.

All that said, I know what I'm drinking tonight!



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