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    1 231
  • Producer ranking ?

    37
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2045

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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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“At Chevalier, every aspect of winemaking takes place in barrels, a percentage of which are new each year. This choice was guided not so much by a desire to give something of an oaky taste to the wine (although this is unquestionably positive), but to enable us to fine tune the final blend. We were pioneers of this very rigorous method, which we have never abandoned since. We feel it is the only approach that guarantees absolute respect for the grapes and vintage character.”

Pressing

“The grapes are put into a pneumatic winepress where they are softly and slowly pressed.  A this stage, an initial selection is made of wine from different plots. Each lot will be separately fermented and aged. The initial pressing is very gentle and the last of the juice is separately fermented.”

Running off into barrel and racking

“The must is run off into barrel in a refrigerated room where the temperature can be reduced to 16/18°C if necessary. Débourbage or settling can then begin. The must is decanted from its lees by gravity flow after approximately 24 hours. Thanks to careful sorting in the vineyard, the fermentation lees are of very high quality. It is therefore possible to retain a significant amount to optimise the wine’s structure.”

Fermentation

“The barrels are then taken into the fermentation area. After long experimentation, we now use about 30% new oak. Depending on the vintage and the sugar levels, fermentation sometimes requires additional yeast.”“Temperatures frequently attain 25 or even 27/28° C during fermentation. This barrel ageing gives Domaine de Chevalier blanc better extraction than ageing in vat.”

Blending

“I have noticed that even the finest wine from an individual barrel is never better than the final blend. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts… The assemblage or final blend is done on the early side, in January after the vintage. This is to combine the elements for making a great wine as early as possible. Each lot adds complexity... Seeing as the wine is barrel fermented, and thus kept in small, separate lots, it is possible to fine tune the blend, in keeping with vintage character.”
“Blending is a very delicate operation. At Chevalier, it calls for the expertise of our entire management team as well as that of our consulting oenologist, Denis Dubourdieu.  Barrel fermentation as practised at Chevalier is very expensive and time-consuming and would simply not suit a larger vineyard…”

Bâtonnage (stirring with a stick)

“Regular bâtonnage strengthens the wine’s structure and makes it more refined. This technique contributes richness, flavour, power, and a silkier texture. It also enhances ageing potential and freshness.”

Ageing

“Ageing takes place on the lees until the end of the first summer after the vintage. The wine then spends a second winter in barrel, after which it is naturally clarified – in fact, so much so that when it is bottled the following spring, only very slight filtration is necessary.”

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Tasting note

ending

Medium

nose

Refined

recommend

No

taste

Low tannin, Balanced and Refined

Verdict

nice but not special and Fine

Written Notes

Deep and brilliant ruby color. Intense nose of great wine. Fine and complex with outstanding purity of red ripe fruits. Spicy (pepper) and mineral (very typical graphite notes).
Full mouth, very precise, chiseled fine tannins, coated with delicate fruity and crisp flesh.
The balance is impeccable. The wine is energetic, very clear with long finish.
Enjoy on the crisp of its youth.
Drink 2018-2023

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, refreshing and detailed nose, superb. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, detailed and elegant palate, refreshing, bit leaner, refined and very long. 93-95
  • 94p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Complex nose with elegant fruit, hints of mild spices and discreet minerality. On the palate well structured with rich charcter and convincing length, excellent balance of tannins, acidity and fruit.
  • 93p
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Origin

Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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