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Domaine De Chevalier Rouge Pessac-Léognan

Region
  • France
  • France - Bordeaux
Style
  • Red Wine
Varietal
  • Merlot & Cabernet

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The Domaine de Chevalier located in Léognan, the Capital town of the Graves Region has a long history. It appears on the famous map of Pierre de Belleyme in 1783. In 1983 the estate was purchased by the Bernard Family, N° 1 in France on the spirits market and a major negociant of premium Bordeaux wines. It has been run ever since by Olivier Bernard who perpetuates that spirit of balance and the constant drive for perfection which have been the hallmark of this outstanding wine. The red Domaine de Chevalier, the flagship of the Pessac-Léognan appellation belongs to the elite of the great classified growths of Bordeaux. The white Domaine de Chevalier is recognized as one of the world’s finest dry wines.

55% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 35% MERLOT, 6% PETIT VERDOT,  4% CABERNET FRANC

2005: LE MILLÉSIME DE LA QUINTESSENCE

Strongly influenced by dry and sunny weather, 2005 was extremely favorable to viticulture, especially in gravels clayey soils.

After a very dry and lasting cold winter, the vine has grown steadily with no spring frosts.

April abundantly watered was favorable to the development of young shoots. In early June, dry, sunny and ventilated weather, enabled a great flowering and good fertilization. The hot and dry summer, punctuated by cool nights, triggered a frank veraison, complete and rapid.

The sanitary conditions of the vineyards has always been perfect. Each of the vine cycle was performed in almost ideal conditions.

The characteristic of this vintage comes from record concentrations, with exceptional maturity reached, and precise choice of harvest dates of each plot, without any climate problem.

2005 is a historic vintage, the vintage of the quintessence, making date in the history of Domaine de Chevalier and, of course, in that of Bordeaux..

TASTING NOTE

An exceptional climate, an exceptional terroir, an exceptional wine. Nature spoke, vines responded, the man revealed a ... sublime Domaine de Chevalier.

Satin red-black colour.

Exuberant nose of fruit, liquorice, balsamic scents and wet gravel soils.

On the palate, velvety Merlot charm, aristocratic style of Cabernet-Sauvignon, intensity and strength of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc elegance... A final ... that never ends!

Beautiful balance between mineral and fruit, highlighted by great freshness

A vintage landmark and reference among the great wines produced by Domaine de Chevalier. The secret of these great vintages is revealed after a long and slow aging...

95 points Decanter

 Dark plum colour, some walnut edging, again those Domaine de Chevalier tannins are just gorgeously balanced, they are so good at delivering finesse and classic Bordeaux typicity even with a fruit that is not exuberant. Here you get fresh notes of raspberry and bilberries, undergrowth, grilled almonds, everything in its place with a soft build up of tannins through the mouth without ever being drying. Gets better and better in the glass, this is a gorgeous wine. Drinking Window 2018 - 2030 (JA)  (4/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A glorious wine from Domaine de Chevalier, this 2005 reveals notes of graphite, subtle charcoal, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long, multi-dimensional finish. This is a killer effort from the Bernard family, who own this famous terroir in Pessac-Léognan. Drink it over the next 20-30 years. (RP)  (6/2015)

94 points James Suckling

 This is really pure and fruity with flowers and stones. Full and dense, but still a bit tight. Not really giving much at the moment, but beautifully balanced and silky, and opening up to a long, long finish. This is excellent.  (5/2012)

94 points Vinous

 Saturated medium-deep ruby. Rather backward but extremely complex nose hints at cassis, blackberry, graphite, minerals and spices. Sweet, broad and rich, with enticing fresh minerality giving energy to the rather ripe, full-bodied cassis and spice flavors. Finishes perfumed and very long, with wonderfully lush, supple, fine-grained tannins and an almost decadent floral element. This is still a baby and one of the greatest young Domaine de Chevalier rouge wines I have ever tasted. It will outlive most of us … . (ID) 94+  (4/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Displays floral, blackberry and mineral aromas, with a hint of fresh tobacco. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Has a fine, polished texture. This is a class act--the best since 1998 for the red. (JS)  (3/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good red-ruby. Plum, flint, smoke, tobacco, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat, sweet, plummy and rich; offers unusual volume for this property, not to mention terrific depth of flavor. A large-scaled, very supple Domaine de Chevalier that finishes with substantial ripe tannins. (ST)  (6/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark crimson. Broad spread of aromas – really rather like Petrus in that respect (though not in build). Classic, non-showy palate that has a notable charge of tannins. Very clean and bracing but with a most impressive nose. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (1/2015)

Winemaker Notes

The Domaine de Chevalier located in Léognan, the Capital town of the Graves Region has a long history. It appears on the famous map of Pierre de Belleyme in 1783. In 1983 the estate was purchased by the Bernard Family, N° 1 in France on the spirits market and a major negociant of premium Bordeaux wines. It has been run ever since by Olivier Bernard who perpetuates that spirit of balance and the constant drive for perfection which have been the hallmark of this outstanding wine. The red Domaine de Chevalier, the flagship of the Pessac-Léognan appellation belongs to the elite of the great classified growths of Bordeaux. The white Domaine de Chevalier is recognized as one of the world’s finest dry wines.

55% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 35% MERLOT, 6% PETIT VERDOT,  4% CABERNET FRANC

2005: LE MILLÉSIME DE LA QUINTESSENCE

Strongly influenced by dry and sunny weather, 2005 was extremely favorable to viticulture, especially in gravels clayey soils.

After a very dry and lasting cold winter, the vine has grown steadily with no spring frosts.

April abundantly watered was favorable to the development of young shoots. In early June, dry, sunny and ventilated weather, enabled a great flowering and good fertilization. The hot and dry summer, punctuated by cool nights, triggered a frank veraison, complete and rapid.

The sanitary conditions of the vineyards has always been perfect. Each of the vine cycle was performed in almost ideal conditions.

The characteristic of this vintage comes from record concentrations, with exceptional maturity reached, and precise choice of harvest dates of each plot, without any climate problem.

2005 is a historic vintage, the vintage of the quintessence, making date in the history of Domaine de Chevalier and, of course, in that of Bordeaux..

TASTING NOTE

An exceptional climate, an exceptional terroir, an exceptional wine. Nature spoke, vines responded, the man revealed a ... sublime Domaine de Chevalier.

Satin red-black colour.

Exuberant nose of fruit, liquorice, balsamic scents and wet gravel soils.

On the palate, velvety Merlot charm, aristocratic style of Cabernet-Sauvignon, intensity and strength of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc elegance... A final ... that never ends!

Beautiful balance between mineral and fruit, highlighted by great freshness

A vintage landmark and reference among the great wines produced by Domaine de Chevalier. The secret of these great vintages is revealed after a long and slow aging...

Reviews

95 points Decanter

 Dark plum colour, some walnut edging, again those Domaine de Chevalier tannins are just gorgeously balanced, they are so good at delivering finesse and classic Bordeaux typicity even with a fruit that is not exuberant. Here you get fresh notes of raspberry and bilberries, undergrowth, grilled almonds, everything in its place with a soft build up of tannins through the mouth without ever being drying. Gets better and better in the glass, this is a gorgeous wine. Drinking Window 2018 - 2030 (JA)  (4/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A glorious wine from Domaine de Chevalier, this 2005 reveals notes of graphite, subtle charcoal, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long, multi-dimensional finish. This is a killer effort from the Bernard family, who own this famous terroir in Pessac-Léognan. Drink it over the next 20-30 years. (RP)  (6/2015)

94 points James Suckling

 This is really pure and fruity with flowers and stones. Full and dense, but still a bit tight. Not really giving much at the moment, but beautifully balanced and silky, and opening up to a long, long finish. This is excellent.  (5/2012)

94 points Vinous

 Saturated medium-deep ruby. Rather backward but extremely complex nose hints at cassis, blackberry, graphite, minerals and spices. Sweet, broad and rich, with enticing fresh minerality giving energy to the rather ripe, full-bodied cassis and spice flavors. Finishes perfumed and very long, with wonderfully lush, supple, fine-grained tannins and an almost decadent floral element. This is still a baby and one of the greatest young Domaine de Chevalier rouge wines I have ever tasted. It will outlive most of us … . (ID) 94+  (4/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Displays floral, blackberry and mineral aromas, with a hint of fresh tobacco. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Has a fine, polished texture. This is a class act--the best since 1998 for the red. (JS)  (3/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good red-ruby. Plum, flint, smoke, tobacco, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat, sweet, plummy and rich; offers unusual volume for this property, not to mention terrific depth of flavor. A large-scaled, very supple Domaine de Chevalier that finishes with substantial ripe tannins. (ST)  (6/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark crimson. Broad spread of aromas – really rather like Petrus in that respect (though not in build). Classic, non-showy palate that has a notable charge of tannins. Very clean and bracing but with a most impressive nose. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (1/2015)