2004 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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WE 93 DC 92 JS 92 JL 91 WA 90 WS 90
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, June 2007

This property, run so expertly by Olivier Bernard, is now making reds that almost equal its legendary whites. This 2004 is intensely solid, dominated by black berry fruits, by spice, some smokiness aromas. It is finely...
DC 92

Decanter, April 2018

The colour remains deep from centre to the rim of the glass, we are in rich stately purple, touches of black chocolate on the attack, some lovely gathering together of the tannins over the palate, although they are...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, November 2015

A round and silky red now with dark chocolate, stone and blackberry character. Full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Austere at the finish. Drink now.
JL 91

TheWineCellarInsider.com, January 2015

This is all about elegance and finesse. The tannins are soft and refined. The fruit is ripe, but delicate. The nose is complex with its smoky, tobacco, earthy red berry qualities. This is drinking great today. The wine...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2007

Thankfully, this estate appears to have scaled down their use of new oak as the wood component is much more subtle than in previous vintages. The classic southern Graves version of elegance, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier...
WS 90

Wine Spectator, March 2007

Aromas of blackberry and delicate tobacco, with just a hint of toasty oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing finish. This is all in finesse and length. Best after 2009. 7,500 cases made.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2004
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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...”

The 2004 Domaine de Chevalier is a Bordeaux Blend red wine hailing from the esteemed Pessac Leognan region of Bordeaux, France. This wine exudes elegance and finesse, showcasing soft and refined tannins that caress the palate. The fruit in this vintage is ripe, yet delicate, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

Upon pouring, the wine displays a deep, rich purple color, radiating a regal presence in the glass. The nose is complex, offering intriguing notes of smoky tobacco and earthy red berries. These aromas intertwine beautifully, creating a captivating bouquet that entices the senses.

On the palate, the wine reveals its true character. The tannins, although hard-edged as expected from a 2004 vintage, show potential for aging, indicating that this wine has many years ahead of it. The acidity provides a pleasant upward motion, lending a sense of liveliness to the overall experience. As the wine opens up, a subtle sweetness emerges, reminiscent of caramel but with its own unique twist.

Notable wine critics have praised the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier. Jeff Leve awarded it a score of 91, highlighting its elegance and complexity. Decanter also awarded it 92 points, noting the wine's deep color and potential for aging. James Suckling described it as a round and silky red, with dark chocolate, stone, and blackberry character. Wine Enthusiast applauded the property's expertise in both white and red wines, stating that this vintage almost rivals their legendary whites and giving it a score of 93. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 90 points, commending its balance, purity, and texture. Wine Spectator also praised this wine, awarding it 90 points and noting its finesse and length.

Overall, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier is a remarkable red wine that embodies the essence of Bordeaux. Its elegance, finesse, and potential for aging make it a true gem from the Pessac Leognan region. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for years to come, this wine promises a memorable experience for any wine enthusiast.