2011 Domaine de Chevalier Domaine de Chevalier
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WA 94
  • WE 93
  • DC 93
  • NM 92
  • JS 92
  • WS 92
  • VN 91

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Reg: $149.94

$119.94

This product is
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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... expand 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 collapse
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.
DC 93
Decanter, April 2018
The colour takes a big step up in terms of intensity, nose is a little closed off right now, and there is some wonderful texture to the fruit as you find across so many Domaine de Chevalier vintages, with a great balance... expand The colour takes a big step up in terms of intensity, nose is a little closed off right now, and there is some wonderful texture to the fruit as you find across so many Domaine de Chevalier vintages, with a great balance of finessed, well presented fruit and tannins that are just so softly extracted. Not the most exuberant fruit but very good quality, great caress across the palate and plenty of life ahead of it. Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/bordeaux/domaine-de-chevalier-pessac-leognan-cru-classe-de-graves-21374#e1EWquUQp4XSibqc.99 collapse
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... expand 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. collapse
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.
WS 92
Wine Spectator, March 2014
This is solidly built, featuring a full-bodied feel from the loam and tar frame, balanced by the depth of the plum, blackberry and fig core. Reveals a smoldering edge through the finish, with an echo of cocoa. Best from... expand This is solidly built, featuring a full-bodied feel from the loam and tar frame, balanced by the depth of the plum, blackberry and fig core. Reveals a smoldering edge through the finish, with an echo of cocoa. Best from 2016 through 2028. – JM collapse
VN 91
Vinous, 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... expand 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. collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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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

Domaine de Chevalier

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.