2017 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 96

jamessuckling.com, January 2020

Lots of blueberry, hot-stone, slate and walnut aromas. Terracotta, too. Iodine. Full-bodied, round and dense with layers of fine tannins. Lovely depth and intensity. Extremely long and focused. Needs three or four years...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, February 2020

A gem that readers should snatch up is unquestionably the 2017 Domaine De Chevalier, which is based on 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in just 35% new French oak. This deeply...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2020

Medium/full-bodied with a refined, elegant character. The tannins are soft, the smoked red fruits are sweet, ripe, earthy and on the finesse side, leaving with a beautiful cherry pipe tobacco and red berry finish. Even...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2020

The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of baked plums, black cherry compote, fruitcake and violets plus wafts of fragrant earth and rosehip tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has loads of...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, March 2020

Packed with ripe fruit, this shows juicy blackberry and spice flavors. They are balanced with the core of dry tannins that will allow this fruity, structured wine to age. Drink this wine from 2023. - ROGER VOSS
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2020

Ripe and full in feel, with a swath of cassis, plum paste and fig preserve flavors that holds sway from start to finish, allowing roasted apple wood, licorice snap and black tea accents to chime in along the way. The...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Screw Cap

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...”

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The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is a Bordeaux Blend from the Pessac Leognan region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Domaine de Chevalier, is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. It has an alcohol content of 13.0% and is bottled with a screw cap closure.

The wine has received commendable reviews from several professional critics. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 96 points, noting its "blueberry, hot-stone, slate and walnut aromas" along with "terracotta" and "iodine." He described it as "full-bodied, round and dense with layers of fine tannins," suggesting that it needs a few more years to reach its peak. Suckling recommends trying it after 2024 (jamessuckling.com).

Jeb Dunnuck gave the wine 95 points, calling it a "gem" that should be "snatched up." He highlighted its "classic blackberry and blackcurrant fruits," as well as its "complex notes of tobacco, gravelly earth, and chocolate." Dunnuck also praised the wine's "beautiful tannins" and "great finish," indicating that it offers immediate pleasure yet has the potential to age for over 30 years. He emphasized its flawless balance and long-term aging potential by mentioning the longevity of past vintages (jebdunnuck.com).

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com rated the wine 94 points. He described it as "medium/full-bodied with a refined, elegant character" and noted the "soft tannins" and "sweet, ripe, earthy" smoked red fruits. Leve remarked on its beautiful cherry pipe tobacco and red berry finish, suggesting it could age for at least two decades.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also gave the wine 94 points. Reviewer Lisa Perrotti-Brown highlighted the wine's "deep garnet-purple color" and its nose of "baked plums, black cherry compote, fruitcake and violets." She noted the "loads of fruit with plush, rounded tannins and a lively finish," and confirmed that the wine spent 18 months in French oak, 35% of which was new (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate).

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss awarded the wine another 94 points, appreciating its "ripe fruit" and "juicy blackberry and spice flavors." He pointed out the balance between the fruity flavors and the core of dry tannins, recommending consumption from 2023 (Wine Enthusiast).

Finally, Wine Spectator's James Molesworth also rated it 94 points. He described the wine as "ripe and full in feel," with flavors of "cassis, plum paste and fig preserve" and accents of "roasted apple wood, licorice snap and black tea." Molesworth suggested enjoying the wine from 2023 through 2036 (Wine Spectator).

Overall, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is a highly regarded wine with excellent aging potential, offering a complex and balanced profile that is appreciated by numerous wine critics.