1982 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 1982
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%

Domaine de Chevalier of the Pessac-Leognan appellation is classified as a Grand Cru Classe de Graves. The property belonged to the Ricard family from 1865 until it was purchased by its current owners, the Bernard family, in 1983. It is one of a very few Bordeaux estates to have kept its “domaine” title instead of using the the more popular “chateau” designation.

The estate covers a hundred hectares, of which 45 are under vine: 40 for the property’s red wines, and 5 for its whites. The vineyards are planted with 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot for the red wines, and 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon for the white wines. Soils are dark sand and fine white gravel.

Domaine de Chevalier has been run since acquisition by Olivier Bernard, who perpetuates that spirit of balance and the constant drive for perfection which have been the hallmark of their outstanding wines. The flagship red belongs to the elite of the great classified growths of Bordeaux, while the white is recognized as one of the world’s finest dry wines. The domaine also produces red and white second wines under the Esprit de Chevalier label, which are made from the estate’s young vines.

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 aging 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...”

Assistant General Manager, 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...”

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present to you a truly exceptional wine from the esteemed region of Bordeaux, France. Behold, the 1982 Domaine de Chevalier, a Bordeaux Blend that will transport your senses to the sun-soaked vineyards of Pessac Leognan.

In the glass, this wine displays a deep, garnet red color that hints at its maturity and complexity. The 1982 vintage is renowned for producing wines of outstanding quality, and this Domaine de Chevalier is certainly no exception. With over three decades of aging, it has developed a remarkable bouquet that is a testament to the artistry of winemaking.

On the nose, intricate layers of aromas unfurl, revealing notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, and ripe plum. These dark fruits are complemented by subtle hints of tobacco, cedar, and leather, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the wine. With each swirl of the glass, the aromas intensify, evoking a sense of anticipation for the flavors that lie ahead.

As you take your first sip, the wine envelops your palate with a velvety smoothness that can only be achieved through years of meticulous aging. The tannins are well-integrated, providing structure and balance to the wine. The flavors are a harmonious blend of black fruits, dried herbs, and a touch of earthiness, showcasing the unique terroir of Pessac Leognan.

The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression on the palate. This wine has aged gracefully, and its impeccable balance and complexity are a testament to the skill of the winemakers at Domaine de Chevalier. It is a wine to be savored and appreciated, a true gem from the Bordeaux region.

In conclusion, the 1982 Domaine de Chevalier is a Bordeaux Blend that exemplifies the best of French winemaking. Its elegance, complexity, and exceptional aging potential make it a true collector's item. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for further development, this wine is a masterpiece that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast fortunate enough to experience it.