2012 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 94 WE 94 JL 93 WA 92 VN 92 WS 92 JA 91
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

Extremely complex with cinnamon, dried fruits and dried flowers. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a silky, polished finish. Very impressive. Better in 2018 but very beautiful already.
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

This structured wine with big, bold red fruits offers ripe acidity, a dense texture and considerable concentration. It also has the hallmark freshness of the vintage that balances the strong aging potential. Drink from 2022.
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2015

Medium bodied, with a complex nose of chocolate mint, black cherry, earth and smoke. The finesse styled wine is sweet, ripe, elegant and fresh. Read more...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015

92+ Very floral and elegant with raspberry and blackcurrant fruit mixed with toasty oak/vanillin, followed by a medium to full-bodied, stylish, polished wine that is the quintessentially refined style of...
VN 92

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Domaine de Chevalier has more fruit concentration than its peers: red cherries, raspberry and loamy aromas, sous-bois emerging with time. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, cohesive and...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2015

This sports lovely, enticing plum sauce, melted black licorice, blackberry pâte de fruit and cherry compote notes, along with fruitcake and graphite accents that fill in the background. The solid structure is fully...
JA 91

janeanson.com, March 2022

This is enjoyable, heading towards tertiary flavours with melted tannins, and layers of cigar box, salted caramel, blackberry and blueberry fruits. Has grip through the core but is welcoming rather than overly...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
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 2012 Domaine de Chevalier is a Bordeaux Blend from the Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine has a deep and alluring color that draws you in from the first glance. With an alcohol content of 14.0%, it promises a bold and intense drinking experience.

Upon opening the bottle, you are immediately greeted with an array of complex aromas. The nose is filled with notes of cinnamon, dried fruits, dried flowers, and toasty oak. These scents intertwine to create an elegant and enticing bouquet that is sure to captivate any wine enthusiast.

On the palate, the wine impresses with its full body and super-integrated tannins. The texture is silky and polished, leaving a smooth and lingering finish. The ripe acidity adds a refreshing touch to the wine, balancing its considerable concentration and structure. This wine is a testament to the vintage, showcasing both power and finesse.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this vintage a score of 94, praising its complexity and beauty. Wine Enthusiast also awarded it a score of 94, highlighting its strong aging potential and freshness. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it a score of 92+, noting its elegance and refined style. These accolades from esteemed critics further solidify the wine's exceptional quality.

As the wine continues to age, it is expected to develop even more complexity and nuance. It is recommended to cellar this wine for at least 5-7 years before enjoying it, allowing it to fully express its potential. However, if you can't resist the temptation, it is already very beautiful and can be enjoyed now.

In conclusion, the 2012 Domaine de Chevalier is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend that showcases the best of Pessac-Leognan. With its impressive complexity, refined style, and aging potential, this wine is a must-have for any serious wine collector or enthusiast.