2011 Chevalier, Domaine de Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L
  • WA 94
  • WE 93
  • WS 92
  • NM 92
  • JS 92
  • IWC 91

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
A spectacular effort, especially for this challenging vintage, Olivier Bernard’s 2011 Domaine de Chevalier boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of subtle charcoal, graphite, black currants and... A spectacular effort, especially for this challenging vintage, Olivier Bernard’s 2011 Domaine de Chevalier boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of subtle charcoal, graphite, black currants and black cherries. Rich and full-bodied with a multilayered mouthfeel and a long, complex, stunning finish, this is a profound example of a 2011 from a great terroir. Consume it over the next 20 years. - Robert Parker
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
This wine's concentrated tannins match the sweet fruit and ripe acidity. It shows structure and density with its blackberry flavor already showing well. - R.V.
WS 92
Wine Spectator, April 2012
Firm slightly dusty-edged plum and cassis fruit here with a good sappy feel on the finish. Underlying tarry edge. Solid if a bit reticent today.-J.M.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The 2011 is a blend of two-thirds Cabernet and one-third Merlot but Olivier Bernard then mentioned that is includes 6% Petit Verdot. The nose is closed at first but it demonstrates fine precision with blackcurrant... The 2011 is a blend of two-thirds Cabernet and one-third Merlot but Olivier Bernard then mentioned that is includes 6% Petit Verdot. The nose is closed at first but it demonstrates fine precision with blackcurrant boysenberry limestone and graphite aromas again almost Pauillac like in profile. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins on the entry crisp acidity: a Domaine de Chevalier struck through with a citric like freshness. A little abrupt and "spiky" on the finish perhaps but this is a fine masculine classic Domaine de Chevalier for mid-term drinking. Tasted April 2012.
JS 92
jamessuckling.com, February 2014
This is a rich wine for the vintage with mineral, raspberry and lemongrass character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Need three or four years to come together.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Deep ruby. Aromas of red berries minerals and herbs leap from the glass. On the palate zippy acidity provides considerable lift to the red berry plum and mineral flavors. Finishes juicy graceful and long with an... Deep ruby. Aromas of red berries minerals and herbs leap from the glass. On the palate zippy acidity provides considerable lift to the red berry plum and mineral flavors. Finishes juicy graceful and long with an attractive floral touch.
JJB 95
JJ Buckley, April 2012
65% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 5% petit verdot. Malolactic and aging take place in a mix of 40% new 30% once used and 30% twice used barrels. This 40-hectare section of vineyard is planted with a density of 10000... 65% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 5% petit verdot. Malolactic and aging take place in a mix of 40% new 30% once used and 30% twice used barrels. This 40-hectare section of vineyard is planted with a density of 10000 vines/ha and an average vine age of 35 years. The vineyards are organically farmed. Hand-harvested between September 8th and 24th and hand sorted three times yields were 34 hl/ha. Deep dark ruby color the nose features aromas of cassis and blackberry along with a note of clay. Soft and dense on entry with a chewy mouthfeel this has very deep flavors that take some coaxing to emerge at this young stage but the concentration is admirable. This shows great complexity with aromas and flavors of cassis and blackberry a hint of tar and very concentrated layered wood smoke. Soft and supple. Stephane Derenoncourt consults on the Chevalier rouge. Tasted three times. Enjoy 2016-2026.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011

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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.