Very pale green. Freshness of sea breeze on a clear day. Fantastic nose! Fresher than fresh and breathtakingly mineral. Sauvignon is identifiable as a flavour, but here it is just part of the expression and so pure. Palate continues the theme - total harmony and penetrating freshness in a medium body packed with flavour. Clearly so much more to come here. This is great. Very very long and linear, broadening only slightly in the middle. This is the best young Domaine de Chevalier I've tasted. Rating: 95 L&S (May 2013)
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A beautifully elegant and complex wine, with subtle notions of citrus, honeysuckle and tropical fruits, this medium-bodied, fresh, super-pure 2012 from Domaine de Chevalier should drink well for 30 or more years. The color is light straw with a greenish hue to it. Drinking range: 2015 - 2045 Rating: 93+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2015)
Sauvignon Blanc 80% Sémillon 20% The nose is rich fleshy with sweet fruit and the start of the palate has the richness of pineapple and melon. Apple and lime refresh the back palate yet there is richness and depth of flavour underpinning. The finish is long citrusy and mineral. 2014-19 Rating: 92-95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)
The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has a reserved, stony nose that you have to be patient with – give it a few minutes and there are some subtle undergrowth scents that begin to emerge, hints of orange blossom and dried apricot. The palate is well balanced with a delicate touch of spice on the entry. This is very focused with good weight and it displays wonderful tension on the finish that offers a Burgundy-like texture. Wonderful. Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)
Domaine de Chevalier
Domaine de Chevalier, located in Léognan and surrounded by forest, enjoys a particular microclimate. Unlike some of the Pessacs which are surrounded by urban development which raises the average temperature, Chevalier is quite a cool terroir.
Olivier Bernard has owned and run the estate since 1983, and has done much to improve the quality of the wines. The white has always been one of Bordeaux's finest, and is even better now, and Bernard has dramatically increased the quality of the red, especially in the last ten years.
Domaine de Chevalier has a soil of dark sand and fine white gravel. It is planted at 10,000 vines per hectare averaging 35 years old.
There are 7 Hectares planted for white with 70% Sauvignon and 30% Sémillon.
There are 60 Hectares planted for red, comprising 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
At the harvest the white grapes are picked in baskets with successive picking through the vines.
The red grapes are also picked in baskets, with triple sorting: first in the vines, then the complete bunch on the sorting table and third by optical sorting machine, berry by berry.
The white is pressed slowly, and settlement (débourbage) and alcoholic fermentation occur in the barrel, with 35% new wood. The wine is aged on the lees in barrel with stirring (batonnage), for 18 months.
The red grapes are vatted by gravity without pumping. The alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel and coated steel temperature-controlled vats. Maceration for 2 to 3 weeks with a maximum fermentation temperature of 30° C and manual pigeage. The wine is aged for 18 months (four months on the lees), with 35% new wood.
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