Like Malartic blanc there's a distinct touch of sweetness. Very rounded on the palate, but somehow also flat. It's a bit shapeless like a baggy sweater. But then its picks itself up and is superbly long. The length is the most impressive thing here, and gives hope it will develop well, but I'd be concerned that it's not just a bit more compact at this stage. Rating: 91+? L&S (Apr 2012)
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Stinky and sweet. A bit pinched on the palate but exotic on the nose. Dry finish. This is a wine with an impressive track record and is likely to bloom eventually. 2020-2040 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2012)
A blend of 85% Sauvignon Bland and 15% Semillon, the Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has a very taut bouquet with scents of granite, lemon rind and a touch of white peach and chalk dust. Great focus and intensity although it takes time to unwind. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely elegant white peach and a drop of wild honey, very good acidity and a caressing, vanilla-tinged finish that shows great length. This is better than the red this year. Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2012)
Sauvignon Blanc 85%, Semillon 15%. The usual open and expressive purity of fruit from Chevalier here, polished and elegant, suggesting finesse, and free of overt varietal characteristics. There is also a little custardy richness. The only slight hint of the lead variety is a touch of capsicum, although overall the fruit is more yellow plum with a tinge of buttercream. Fresh, lemon-tinged, elegant, with a nicely balanced acidity on the palate. There is an attractive energy coming through the middle and a flourish of fruit on the finish. It's a good wine, no mistake, it just feels a little soft and polished to be considered a truly great Chevalier Blanc for me. This is no 2006. But it is still a delightful wine. Rating: 17-18 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2012)
Inviting, creamy mealy citrus aroma. Lemon tart, oak delicate on the nose. Reassuring. Firm and savoury and rich on the palate but with great acidity. Greengage and grapefruit complementing each other. Power and freshness combined. Concentrated citrus purity on the end. Good length. 2015-2025 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
“Super” is how Rémi Edange rates his own wine and it’s hard to disagree. This lees-aged, barrel fermented white blend is a stunner: citrus fresh, yet with a layer of exotic, almost peachy fruit, subtle oak, a hint of reduction and a bright, grapefruity finish. The sort of wine I’d love to have in my own cellar to revisit over the next decade. 5+ years. Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2012)
Amazing nose of dried fruits from peaches to apples to mangos. Pink grapefruit too. Full and very powerful white with an incredible length and intensity. It's like a beautiful block of velvet in your mouth. It goes on for minutes. It becomes so mineraly and subtly fruity at the end. Turns just to honey. Wow. Rating: 97-98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2012)
Domaine de Chevalier
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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