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  • Country ranking ?

    818
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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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Domaine de Chevalier - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. When I visited this property on the last day of harvest in October 2018, Olivier Bernard told me - "Izak, this is the best vintage of my life!". The barrel sample of 2018 I tasted then confirmed his words. In December 2020, now in the bottle, it was strikingly gorgeous and had a sensual, distinct and classy nose of perfectly ripe blackcurrants, rich on the palate with great complexity, structure and length, and vibrant and with a long aftertaste. Tasted twice from the barrel, once from the bottle. 97p

  • 97p

This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot to be aged for approximately 18 months in oak barriques, 35% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Domaine de Chevalier starts a little closed before bounding out of the glass with bold expressions of fresh blackcurrants, kirsch, black raspberries and fragrant earth plus nuances of lilacs, Sichuan pepper and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate maintains elegance and sophistication, with a lovely ripe, finely grained frame and plenty of freshness to back up the floral and black fruit layers, finishing long and perfumed.

  • 96p

Medium crimson. Quite gentle compared to many wines of the vintage with attractive mulberry cassis dried herb aromas, fine dry persistent chalky tannins, attractive mid-palate richness and length.

  • 94p

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very rich nose with excellent fruit, ripe elderberries and blackcurrants, stewed blackberries and hints of black cherries in the background. Mild spices and elegant toasting aroma, hints of liquorice and piment d'Espelette in the background. Wonderful wine with ripe tannins, juicy fruit flavour, mild spices and well balanced character. Excellent depth and length. 

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Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan

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