2009 Chevalier, Domaine de Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 97
  • WA 95
  • WE 95
  • NM 94
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93

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JS 97
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Aromas of blueberries and lemon rind. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and bright fruity finish. Refined and beautiful. Layered wine. Pure fruit. Gravelley. Stoney. So classy and complex. Try in 2020.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2012
In late 2011 I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009 one of the... In late 2011 I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009 one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers sweet cherry black and red currant fruit spice box cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009 its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2012
Dominating aromas of smoky new wood follow through to the toasty flavor that covers the fruit at this stage. But like all 2009s this is a rich wine that will balance out and show all of its opulence. That said it will... Dominating aromas of smoky new wood follow through to the toasty flavor that covers the fruit at this stage. But like all 2009s this is a rich wine that will balance out and show all of its opulence. That said it will likely always be a firm ageworthy wine with the dark tannins always in evidence.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Domaine de Chevalier ‘09 has a very refined, very pure, almost understated nose that blossoms with aeration. There is wonderful delineation and precision here, although none... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Domaine de Chevalier ‘09 has a very refined, very pure, almost understated nose that blossoms with aeration. There is wonderful delineation and precision here, although none of the dials are turned up to max. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe, silky smooth tannins and a delightful citrus fresh finish. Superb.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
Very rich but sleek and pure with beautiful mouthfeel and layers of enticing fig steeped blackberry and warm currant confiture nicely stitched with black tea and mesquite. The long finish has a tarry underlay but stays... Very rich but sleek and pure with beautiful mouthfeel and layers of enticing fig steeped blackberry and warm currant confiture nicely stitched with black tea and mesquite. The long finish has a tarry underlay but stays polished. Approachable for its mouthfeel but has the balance to age nicely. Drink now through 2025. -JM
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
93+ Bright medium ruby-red. Nuanced expressive nose combines dark cherry redcurrant mocha graphite cedar and hot bricks. Plush on entry then sweet but firm in the middle with a solid mineral spine giving shape to the... 93+ Bright medium ruby-red. Nuanced expressive nose combines dark cherry redcurrant mocha graphite cedar and hot bricks. Plush on entry then sweet but firm in the middle with a solid mineral spine giving shape to the fine-grained dark berry and cedar flavors. This wonderfully glossy wine boasts excellent structure on the subtly long back end with its ripe cabernet sauvignon component much more apparent today than its merlot.
JJB 96
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, January 2012
Although this wine is composed of 65% cabernet sauvignon along with 30% merlot and 3% each of petit verdot and cabernet franc it is the essence of Pessac merlot that makes this wine truly special. Pale translucent ruby in... Although this wine is composed of 65% cabernet sauvignon along with 30% merlot and 3% each of petit verdot and cabernet franc it is the essence of Pessac merlot that makes this wine truly special. Pale translucent ruby in color the high-toned nose features lilting blue fruit aromas leading to a jammy palate highlighting cassis flavors complemented by black tea. Although it is essentially New World styled with softly textured fruits the palate still has a very taut shape at this point with some broader textures sure to come with time. Drink 2015-2030+.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2009
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Label

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.