Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1572 ratings
9.2142 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Stefan Dolhain

2015 vintage. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. What a glorious wine! Intensely perfumed with blackcurrant, cedarwood and subtle spices. Amazingly elegant and profound, with a powerful but very refined tannic structure, incredible purity and freshness, perfectly integrated wood and a knockout extremely long finish. Wow!

2015 vintage. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. What a glorious wine! Intensely perfumed with blackcurrant, cedarwood and subtle spices. Amazingly elegant and profound, with a powerful but very refined tannic structure, incredible purity and freshness, perfectly integrated wood and a knockout extremely long finish. Wow!

Jul 13th, 2019
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8.5

A bottle of 1968 Domaine de Chevalier was served blind by Olivier Bernard to celebrate my wingman, Johan Berglund's 50th birthday, admittedly with no expectations given how poor the vintage was. But my word, it surpasses all expectations. It has a fresh leafy bouquet with vestiges of black fruit mixed with cedar. The palate is not powerful but fresh and balanced, rustic in style but with a surprising sense of vitality on the finish. Provenance will have played a part but it proves how this Pessac-Léognan can surprise in the most maligned vintages. Tasted at Domaine de Chevalier. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

A bottle of 1968 Domaine de Chevalier was served blind by Olivier Bernard to celebrate my wingman, Johan Berglund's 50th birthday, admittedly with no expectations given how poor the vintage was. But my word, it surpasses all expectations. It has a fresh leafy bouquet with vestiges of black fruit mixed with cedar. The palate is not powerful but fresh and balanced, rustic in style but with a surprising sense of vitality on the finish. Provenance will have played a part but it proves how this Pessac-Léognan can surprise in the most maligned vintages. Tasted at Domaine de Chevalier. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

May 24th, 2018
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9.6

The 1928 Domaine de Chevalier is an utterly sublime expression of a legendary vintage and at 90-years of age, continues to entrance. This bottle, ex-cellar, offers a cornucopia of aromas, red cherries, kirsch, sandalwood, balsam and pressed red rose petals that become more tertiary with aeration. There is a warmth to these aromatics, like warming your hands on an open fire. The palate is medium-bodied with a surprisingly sweet entry. There is a little rusticity, forgivably of course, but the texture is so smooth and refined. Entrancing in terms of harmony and with considerable depth and persistence, it bids adieu with a long, tobacco-tinged aftertaste. It is one of the finest 1928s that I have encountered. Tasted at the Académie du Vin dinner. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

The 1928 Domaine de Chevalier is an utterly sublime expression of a legendary vintage and at 90-years of age, continues to entrance. This bottle, ex-cellar, offers a cornucopia of aromas, red cherries, kirsch, sandalwood, balsam and pressed red rose petals that become more tertiary with aeration. There is a warmth to these aromatics, like warming your hands on an open fire. The palate is medium-bodied with a surprisingly sweet entry. There is a little rusticity, forgivably of course, but the texture is so smooth and refined. Entrancing in terms of harmony and with considerable depth and persistence, it bids adieu with a long, tobacco-tinged aftertaste. It is one of the finest 1928s that I have encountered. Tasted at the Académie du Vin dinner. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

May 24th, 2018
Meg Herring

Reminded me I should drink more Bordeaux #pghwinefestival

Reminded me I should drink more Bordeaux #pghwinefestival

May 11th, 2018
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9.7

One of the stars of the vintage, the 2015 Domaine de Chevalier has turned out even better than I expected. Bright floral notes give striking aromatic lift to the rich, sumptuous fruit. A marvelously complete wine, the 2015 is racy and silky on the palate, yet also has tremendous freshness. Bright red cherry, blood orange, white pepper, spice and dried flowers build into the super-expressive finish. The 2015 has been nothing less than stunning the three times I have tasted it so far. This is a tremendous showing from proprietor Olivier Bernard and his team. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

One of the stars of the vintage, the 2015 Domaine de Chevalier has turned out even better than I expected. Bright floral notes give striking aromatic lift to the rich, sumptuous fruit. A marvelously complete wine, the 2015 is racy and silky on the palate, yet also has tremendous freshness. Bright red cherry, blood orange, white pepper, spice and dried flowers build into the super-expressive finish. The 2015 has been nothing less than stunning the three times I have tasted it so far. This is a tremendous showing from proprietor Olivier Bernard and his team. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

Feb 28th, 2018
Daron Watson

juicy tart blackberry w red fruits woven in ~ pencil shavings, graphite, tar, licorice, even a hint of truffle ~ this offers A LOT

juicy tart blackberry w red fruits woven in ~ pencil shavings, graphite, tar, licorice, even a hint of truffle ~ this offers A LOT

Jan 18th, 2018
Tom Kobylarz

#UGC12

2 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2015
Fabien Lainé

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9.3

A great full mature complex Bordeaux that kept a kick of youth and is not as boring as many new Bordeaux wines - subtle and gentle 😊

A great full mature complex Bordeaux that kept a kick of youth and is not as boring as many new Bordeaux wines - subtle and gentle 😊

2 people found it helpfulSep 4th, 2014
Ken Z
9.5

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami. All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken. Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together. Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami. All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken. Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together. Many will likely improve a few points with time.

1 person found it helpfulJan 21st, 2019
Paul Jakubowski

45+ minutes open in the bottle. Dark cherry color. Nose filled with black cherry, tobacco, and subtle French terroir. Cherry, caramel, and tar on the palate. Tastes like candy! Lacks power and tannins as the Merlot dominates. Very long finish. Very similar to the 2005 Chateau Dassault but twice the price. Definitely drink sooner rather than later. Unfortunately I just bought 2 bottles of the 2000 and am concerned, especially since 2005 was such an awesome vintage.

45+ minutes open in the bottle. Dark cherry color. Nose filled with black cherry, tobacco, and subtle French terroir. Cherry, caramel, and tar on the palate. Tastes like candy! Lacks power and tannins as the Merlot dominates. Very long finish. Very similar to the 2005 Chateau Dassault but twice the price. Definitely drink sooner rather than later. Unfortunately I just bought 2 bottles of the 2000 and am concerned, especially since 2005 was such an awesome vintage.

1 person found it helpfulOct 13th, 2018