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.