2008 Chevalier, Domaine de Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 94
  • WA 93
  • CG 92
  • IWC 92
  • WS 91

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In Stock: 8 btls
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ETA: Pending

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Dense powerful wine that impresses both with its rich fruit and its balanced tannins. The whole wine is finely integrated black berry flavors shot through with acidity and touches of wood. Certainly a wine for aging. R.V.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
One of the fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados to consider buying the 2008 is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol... One of the fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados to consider buying the 2008 is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Surprisingly backward for a 2008 it is medium to full-bodied with moderate tannins lots of purity and abundant charcoal black currant and floral notes. The sweetness of the fruit depth of flavor and textured lush mouthfeel in this medium to full-bodied ageworthy 2008 are impressive. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. I would not be surprised if it turns out to be as impressive as the 2010.
CG 92
Connoisseur's Guide, March 2011
Domaine Chevalier has produced one of the stars of the vintage an absolute stunner that should put to rest any talk that 2008 was in any way a substandard vintage. Long on optimally ripened distinctly curranty fruit and... Domaine Chevalier has produced one of the stars of the vintage an absolute stunner that should put to rest any talk that 2008 was in any way a substandard vintage. Long on optimally ripened distinctly curranty fruit and showing exceptional concentration and length it is sturdy without being tough and if fairly supple to start it is underpinned by ample very fine-grained tannins guaranteeing a decade of growth.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Good full medium ruby. Sexy very pure aromas of crushed blueberry minerals and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Dense ripe and seamless with terrific energy and a light touch to the tightly coiled flavors of dark... Good full medium ruby. Sexy very pure aromas of crushed blueberry minerals and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Dense ripe and seamless with terrific energy and a light touch to the tightly coiled flavors of dark berries and graphite complemented by spicy oak. This savory dry classic wine has the structure to ensure two decades or more of development in bottle. Finishes with real verve and grip. 92(+?)
WS 91
Wine Spectator, December 2010
Lilac tar and cassis bush aromas are followed by a broad swath of mulled plum black currant and maduro tobacco. The strong mineral- and tar-filled spine drives through the finish which picks up a smoldering edge. Drink... Lilac tar and cassis bush aromas are followed by a broad swath of mulled plum black currant and maduro tobacco. The strong mineral- and tar-filled spine drives through the finish which picks up a smoldering edge. Drink now through 2018.-J.M.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2008

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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...”

Winery

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.