2005 Chevalier, Domaine de Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • NM 95
  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • IWC 92

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NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Domaine de Chevalier 2005 has a powerful and quite burly bouquet with sumptous black fruit laced with truffle, cedar and a touch of juniper berry. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. This is an... The Domaine de Chevalier 2005 has a powerful and quite burly bouquet with sumptous black fruit laced with truffle, cedar and a touch of juniper berry. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. This is an effortless Graves, beautifully proportioned with the oak seamlessly integrated. It builds in the mouth and fans out wonderfully with a kiss of black pepper on the structured, masculine finish. Clearly, this is one of Olivier Bernard's finest achievements under his reign.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
A glorious wine from Domaine de Chevalier, this 2005 reveals notes of graphite, subtle charcoal, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long, multi-dimensional finish... A glorious wine from Domaine de Chevalier, this 2005 reveals notes of graphite, subtle charcoal, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long, multi-dimensional finish. This is a killer effort from the Bernard family, who own this famous terroir in Pessac-Léognan. Drink it over the next 20-30 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2008
Displays floral blackberry and mineral aromas with a hint of fresh tobacco. Full-bodied with supersilky tannins and a long caressing finish. Has a fine polished texture. This is a class act--the best since 1998 for the... Displays floral blackberry and mineral aromas with a hint of fresh tobacco. Full-bodied with supersilky tannins and a long caressing finish. Has a fine polished texture. This is a class act--the best since 1998 for the red. Best after 2012. 10000 cases made. –JS
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2008
Good red-ruby. Plum flint smoke tobacco menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat sweet plummy and rich offers unusual volume for this property not to mention terrific depth of flavor. A large-scaled very supple Domaine de... Good red-ruby. Plum flint smoke tobacco menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat sweet plummy and rich offers unusual volume for this property not to mention terrific depth of flavor. A large-scaled very supple Domaine de Chevalier that finishes with substantial ripe tannins. This should evolve slowly but should be less austere in its youth than the wines made here before Stephane Derenoncourt was brought in as consultant.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2005

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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...”

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Chevalier, Domaine de

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.