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  • Country ranking ?

    677
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

The Story

Olivier Bernard's extensive project at Domaine de Chevalier has really come to fruition. After a bold and not to mention expensive re-planting program throughout the `80s and then a decade and a half of patience for the vines to gain maturity, we can really see the benefits. 2005, 2008, 2009 and now 2010 rank amongst the very best wines produced in this sprawling commune. Powerful but graceful, true to their terroir, and just so enjoyable to drink; this has become one of our 'must buy' estates. Olivier's wines offer 'super second' class at relatively affordable prices

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Vintage 2011

2011 Vintage:

Domaine de Chevalier
Grand Cru Classé de Graves


The Domaine de Chevalier, located in Léognan, the capital town of the Graves region, has a long history. It appears on the map drawn in 1763 under the name of “Chibaley” (meaning knight, in the Gascon language).

The very notion of domain, that has been deliberately kept by the successive owners who never sought to replace it by the more recent appellation of “château”, is the heritage of long and rich pages of history, highlighting the sense of balance that the current master of the house is so anxious to maintain.

In 1983, the estate was purchased by the Bernard family, and it has been run ever since by Olivier Bernard. In line with the history of Chevalier, he perpetuates that spirit of balance and the constant drive for perfection which, over the last 130 years, have been the hallmark of this outstanding wine.

Today, from the secret garden protected by the vast, surrounding forest, the estate has become a remarkably open haven where visitors, keen to imbue themselves with the spirit of the Graves region, can benefit from its longstanding tradition of hospitality.

The red Domaine de Chevalier, the flagship of the Pessac Léognan appellation, belongs to the elite of the great classified growths of Bordeaux.
”The philpsophy that I have instilled here, with the help of my team, all revolves around quality and balance. Cost has never been the foremost consideration. Furthermore, all the profits have been reinvested in thr property... The quest for quality os an ongoing priority here.” -Olivier Bernard

Soil: dark sand and fine white gravel, with a subsoil of well drained sandstone
Production area: 35 ha
Grape varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 2,5% Cabernet Franc, 2,5% Petit Verdot
Average age of vines: 25 years
Harvest method: hand picked, triple sorting
Winemaking: vatting gravity without pumping, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel and coated steel temperature controlled vats. Maceration for 2 to 3 weeks at 30-32°C
Ageing: 18 months in 50% new barrels




Domaine de Chevalier
33850 Léognan
Tel. +33 5 5664 1616
Fax. +33 5 5664 1818
olivierbernard@domainedechevalier.com
www.domainedechevalier.com



Domaine de Chevalier
Grand Cru Classé de Graves


The Domaine de Chevalier, located in Léognan, the capital town of the Graves region, has a long history. It appears on the map drawn in 1763 under the name of “Chibaley” (meaning knight, in the Gascon language).

The very notion of domain, that has been deliberately kept by the successive owners who never sought to replace it by the more recent appellation of “château”, is the heritage of long and rich pages of history, highlighting the sense of balance that the current master of the house is so anxious to maintain.

In 1983, the estate was purchased by the Bernard family, and it has been run ever since by Olivier Bernard. In line with the history of Chevalier, he perpetuates that spirit of balance and the constant drive for perfection which, over the last 130 years, have been the hallmark of this outstanding wine.

Today, from the secret garden protected by the vast, surrounding forest, the estate has become a remarkably open haven where visitors, keen to imbue themselves with the spirit of the Graves region, can benefit from its longstanding tradition of hospitality.

The red Domaine de Chevalier, the flagship of the Pessac Léognan appellation, belongs to the elite of the great classified growths of Bordeaux.
”The philpsophy that I have instilled here, with the help of my team, all revolves around quality and balance. Cost has never been the foremost consideration. Furthermore, all the profits have been reinvested in thr property... The quest for quality os an ongoing priority here.” -Olivier Bernard

Soil: dark sand and fine white gravel, with a subsoil of well drained sandstone
Production area: 35 ha
Grape varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 2,5% Cabernet Franc, 2,5% Petit Verdot
Average age of vines: 25 years
Harvest method: hand picked, triple sorting
Winemaking: vatting gravity without pumping, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel and coated steel temperature controlled vats. Maceration for 2 to 3 weeks at 30-32°C
Ageing: 18 months in 50% new barrels




Domaine de Chevalier
33850 Léognan
Tel. +33 5 5664 1616
Fax. +33 5 5664 1818
olivierbernard@domainedechevalier.com
www.domainedechevalier.com

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Brilliant pale gold.
Intense nose of fresh citrus fruit and white peach. Gravely soil notes are also very present with menthol and flinty flavors.
On the palate very pure and straight wine showing a great richness perfectly balanced by fruit and soil acidity. Feeling of sweetness traducing perfect ripeness of the fruit. Very long finish.
Precise and balanced wine with concentration and very high class style.
Authentic wine.

Tasted twice - last time in n April 2014. Consistent notes. This wine was strong and powerful, lots of acacia flower, apples and citron grass. Great structure, depth and length on the palate, rich, great balance and strong finish. As always an utterly impressive stuff from this property!
  • 96p
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, light tropical note nose, minerals, bit tight at the moment. Fresh acidity, fresh, lively, fruity, ripe, apples and lemons, some grapefruits, minerals, smooth, detailed, long if somewhat narrow finish. 94
  • 94p

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Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan

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 Oliver Bernard / Domaine de Chevalier, Wine Maker (France)  tasted  Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011  ( Domaine de Chevalier )

Brilliant pale gold.
Intense nose of fresh citrus fruit and white peach. Gravely soil notes are also very present with menthol and flinty flavors.
On the palate very pure and straight wine showing a great richness perfectly balanced by fruit and soil acidity. Feeling of sweetness traducing perfect ripeness of the fruit. Very long finish.
Precise and balanced wine with concentration and very high class style.
Authentic wine.

8m 10d ago

96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011  ( Domaine de Chevalier )

"Tasted twice - last time in n April 2014. Consistent notes. This wine was strong and powerful, lots of acacia flower, apples and citron grass. Great structure, depth and length on the palate, rich, great balance and strong finish. As always an utterly impressive stuff from this property!"

11m 9d ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011  ( Domaine de Chevalier )

"Pale lemon yellow. Apples, light tropical note nose, minerals, bit tight at the moment. Fresh acidity, fresh, lively, fruity, ripe, apples and lemons, some grapefruits, minerals, smooth, detailed, long if somewhat narrow finish. 94"

1y 2d ago

94p
 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011  ( Domaine de Chevalier )

"Enticing layers of citrus, green apple, lemon, lime and spice lead to a fresh and concentrated, stone, sweet citrus oil and honeysuckle finish. 94-96 Pts"

4y 5m ago

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