2010 Chevalier, Domaine de Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L
  • JS 96
  • WS 95
  • NM 95
  • JL 95
  • WA 93

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JS 96
jamessuckling.com, April 2011
This is the most structured and powerful DC in a long long time. Full bodied with polished and rich tannins and a long finish. Tasted twice.The rising star of Bordeaux?
WS 95
Wine Spectator, March 2011
This is loaded with layers of gorgeous plum sauce linzer torte and blackberry fruit melding beautifully with charcoal spice and anise. The long dark finish has some power in reserve but it's rounded and enticing. -J.M.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
Tasted three times the Domaine de Chevalier has great precision on the nose with pure dark blackberry dark plum black olive compote and crushed flowers. The palate is just superb mainly because of the crispness and... Tasted three times the Domaine de Chevalier has great precision on the nose with pure dark blackberry dark plum black olive compote and crushed flowers. The palate is just superb mainly because of the crispness and tension in the tannic structure framing a very precise very focused Domaine de Chevalier that should age beautifully. It is almost understated but with great mineralité on the finish and superb persistency. Watch it blossom in bottle.
JL 95
TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
From an assemblage of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc the wine shows a deep ruby color. With little effort complex aromas of smoke truffle cassis black cherry earth and oak scents... From an assemblage of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc the wine shows a deep ruby color. With little effort complex aromas of smoke truffle cassis black cherry earth and oak scents are easy to find. The wine is rich concentrated and offers dark earthy black fruit that ends with a long pure blackberry and cassis filled finish.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt along with owner Olivier Bernard have done a fabulous job over recent years but the tannic backward 2010 Domaine de Chevalier seemed primary and difficult to assess when I tasted it... 2010: Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt along with owner Olivier Bernard have done a fabulous job over recent years but the tannic backward 2010 Domaine de Chevalier seemed primary and difficult to assess when I tasted it on three separate occasions. The natural alcohol is 13.5% from a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. A youthful inky/blue/purple color is opaque to the rim and the nose offers elegant aromas of crushed rocks acacia flowers boysenberries black currants and subtle toast as well as oak. This thick rich tannic backward wine will require patience. I would guess 7-10 years of cellaring will be essential but this is a 30- to 40- year wine.
JJB 95
JJ Buckley, April 2011
63% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 7% petit verdot. It is aged for 18 months in 45% new barrels. From a 40 hectare section with 35-year-old vines planted to gravel with some clay. 100% hand harvested and the fruit is... 63% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 7% petit verdot. It is aged for 18 months in 45% new barrels. From a 40 hectare section with 35-year-old vines planted to gravel with some clay. 100% hand harvested and the fruit is sorted three times. 13.5 % alcohol. Aromas of black fruit and violet fill the nose. On the round palate flavors of rich chocolate and blackberry jam flavors emerge leading to a finish filled with spice nice tannins and freshness. This has all the elegance and power that I love from Pessac-Leognan and it should age superbly for 20+ years. Domaine Chevalier has really knocked it out of the park with this one! Stephane Derenoncourt consults. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2010

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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.