2011 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Pessac-Léognan
Classification Cru Classé

Very straight and pure, crunchy and savoury, black fruit and a bit of spice. Not one of the largest-scaled, but appetising, and should develop well.

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Ruby-red. Perfumed, fruity aromas of blackcurrant, minerals and violet. Very fresh and fruity on the palate as well, with bright blackcurrant and floral flavors lingering nicely through the aftertaste. Boasts sneaky concentration and building sweetness. The finish features very polished tannins and none of the harshness or green character of so many other 2011s.
90(+?) (Jul 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 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. 2014-2034
94/100 (May 2014)

Very polished tannins to this refined and beautiful red with minerals and blackberries. Some wet earth too. Full and very integrated now.
92 - 93/100

These aren’t the flashiest of wines in their youth, even in riper vintages, but they often develop beautifully with time. This is poised and almost reticent, with refreshing acidity, fine-grained, savoury tannins and elegant cassis and graphite flavours. Less good than the château’s white in 2011, but generally a good buy. 8+ years.

Firm, slightly dusty-edged plum and cassis fruit here, with a good sappy feel on the finish. Underlying tarry edge. Solid, if a bit reticent today.
89 - 92/100

Elegant black berry fruits, lightly expressed concentration, lovely texture and depth, strong tannins already blending in and a long life in front of it. Drink 2016-2035.

Quite a perfume to the aromatics here, the fruit showing a fresh, fragrant, raspberry-tinged style. It has an attractive side, all chalk and violets, but there is also a tangible seam of green spearmint to it. A fresh style on the palate, with supple fruit to the fore, the tannins grainy and fine, quite elegant in fact, the acidity more prominent in terms of structure. A wine with a fine-boned, red fruit substance moving . Pretty and moving towards lightweight, and the leafy tinge indicated on the nose does come though on the palate as well. Quite a crunchy, fresh, clean finish and length. Not a strong vintage for Domaine de Chevalier.

Inky dark core. Sweet, warm inviting cherry fruit plus a balancing graphite note. Dry, powder fine, quite gentle on the palate. Although the tannins are dry there's still a fluidity to the wine as a whole. A bit abrupt at the end. 2017-2028

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.

A very good effort from this estate located in the southern sector of Pessac-Leognan, the 2011 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot that achieved 13% natural alcohol. It offers medium body, attractive sweet red and black currant fruit, a round, supple texture, and hints of roasted herbs and damp earth. Drink this pretty, elegant effort during its first 10-15 years of life. 2012 - 2027

Biscuity nose. Much more solid than most earlier vintages. Thick and sweet. Rather atypical. I’m not sure... It’s good but different! 2020-2035


Dating back to at least the 17th Century, Domaine de Chevalier is a jewel in the Bordeaux crown. Producing both red and white wines, Domaine de Chevalier - located in Leognan - enjoys an interesting microclimate, surrounded by forest. Since 1983, Olivier Bernard has owned and run the estate. Much has been done to improve the quality of the wines. While the whites always had been appreciated, Bernard has done much to improve both the white and the red wines. This is definitely a wine to buy with confidence; supported by its ranking as Grand Cru Classe de Graves in 1959.

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