2010 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 96 JS 96 WE 96 JD 95 NM 95 WA 95 JL 94 WS 93
DC 96

Decanter, May 2023

Somewhat like the white of the same vintage, this is a taut wine, but time in glass yields impressive, cool,blueberry fruit that tastes more youthful than its age. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the palate with vivid...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, February 2013

Dark fruits such as raspberries and blueberries with subtle perfume on the nose. Full body, with super well-integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Racy young wine. Shows classy structure and richness. Try in 2018.
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

This is a great wine with its swathes of ripe fruit allied to a very structured character. It is concentrated with complex flavors that bring in wood, tropical fruits, apricots and a dense texture. Combined, these...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, December 2017

(95 points) The 2010 Domaine de Chevalier is still a baby, yet with air, offers tons of pleasure. Black currants, truffle, scorched earth, and licorice aromas and flavors all give way to a big, concentrated, unctuous...
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...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2020

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Domaine de Chevalier charges out of the gate with bold expressions of cassis, warm blackberries and boysenberries plus touches of menthol, chocolate box and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2013

This wine pops with an exotic array of scents, spices, mint, smoke, earth, and ripe berries. Silky, soft and polished, the wine ends with a long, polished, refined display of kirsch and black raspberries. From a blend of...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2013

This has drive and intensity, displaying lots of steeped currant, anise and blackberry coulis notes pushed by tar and briar flavors. The ample finish sports roasted juniper and iron accents, with nicely inlaid acidity to...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2010
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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 2010 Domaine de Chevalier is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. With its deep garnet color and enticing aromas, this wine captivates from the moment it is poured into the glass. The nose is filled with pure dark blackberry, dark plum, black olive compote, and crushed flowers, showcasing the wine's great precision and complexity.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. It is superbly crafted, with a crispness and tension in its tannic structure that frames a very precise and focused flavor profile. Layers of rich chocolate, blackberry jam, and violet unfold, creating a round and velvety texture. The finish is marked by great mineralité and impressive persistency, leaving a lasting impression.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise for the 2010 Domaine de Chevalier. Neal Martin's Wine Journal awarded it a score of 95, noting its understated elegance and potential for aging beautifully. Cory Gowan of JJ Buckley also gave it a score of 95, describing it as having all the elegance and power that one expects from Pessac-Leognan wines. Jeff Leve of TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded it a score of 94, highlighting its exotic array of scents, spices, and ripe berries.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine a score of 95, commending its bold expressions of cassis, blackberries, and boysenberries, along with its fine craftsmanship and impressive energy. Wine Spectator gave it a score of 93, praising its drive and intensity, as well as its nicely inlaid acidity. James Suckling awarded it a score of 96, noting its dark fruit aromas, well-integrated tannins, and fresh finish.

With its complexity, structure, and aging potential, the 2010 Domaine de Chevalier is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop over the next two decades. It is a true testament to the artistry of winemaking and the unique terroir of Bordeaux. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.