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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Farm-raised chicken supreme stuffed with foie gras

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The Story

The winemaker’s role is to reflect the best the terroir has to offer and to reproduce the intrinsic taste parameters that correspond to Domaine de Chevalier.

Olivier Bernard describes Domaine de Chevalier’s white wines: “Our aim is not to make the wine as fruity as possible at all costs. Measured extraction and barrel ageing create very complex wines – beautifully fresh, never heavy, and with an incredibly long aftertaste that “unfolds like a peacock’s tail”... We target the long term and make a great wine that needs time to reveal its full potential.”

Thomas Stonestreet confirms that “Domaine de Chevalier blanc is an incredibly complex wine, that can age for many years ... It features much more than just fruitiness. It also very velvety, rich, and concentrated...”

Rémi Edange has much to say about the wine’s bouquet: “An incredibly complex nose... Above and beyond the varietal aromas there are empyreumatic overtones of resin, smoke, liquorice, coffee, and even, in certain vintages, cedar and Havana cigars... With regard to the fruit, Domaine de Chevalier often shows quince as well as peach, apricot, pineapple, tropical fruit (lychees), and citrus. In older vintages, the bouquet is reminiscent of a fine Sauternes. As if this were not enough, there are also floral overtones of vine flowers, herb teas (lime-blossom, verbena), etc...”

Olivier Bernard has this to say about his red wines: “Domaine de Chevalier rouge has good structure and a great deal of finesse, complexity, and ageing potential – which does not exclude a smooth, fruity quality that makes it enjoyable in its youth. Always balanced, never aggressive, power is by no means the priority...”

Rémi Edange adds: “Chevalier’s red wines are well-structured with round, very fine, tight-knit tannin... They are tremendously elegant and distinguished with a very long aftertaste and more delicacy than power...”

 

 

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Wine Information

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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Light and Ruby red

ending

Long

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced and Perfumed

Verdict

nice but not special and Excellent

Written Notes

Domaine de Chevalier 2009 / Black and brilliant with red glints. Ripe and intense nose of blueberry, blackberry mixed with fresh leather, pine tree resin, balsam and graphite. Menthol freshness. Really very impressive and complex. Full bodied, pulpy and silky. Very tasty and precise, concentration, tannins like velvet, nice acidity……
This is really a fantastic wine!
Finesse and distinction of Domaine de Chevalier’s style.
Very long and extremely tasty finish.

Dark fruits, vanilla, spices, cassis and blueberries nose, intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, intense, fruity and ripe, slight blueberry jam note, long. 94
  • 94p
Domaine de Chevalier 2009 / Decanted two hours. Intense, dark, purple colour. Wonderfully sweet and concentrated, powerful nose with aromas of ripe cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla. It is lush and cedary with earthy flavours and little notes of incense and violets. Not a super concentrated wine but one with impressively sweet fruit beautifully balanced by fine tannins. Already elegant and harmonious. The palate is well structured and full with lovely smooth tannins and nice, dark earthiness under the sweet fruit. A great wine with hot and long aftertaste. Built for development.
  • 96p
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Origin

Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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