Catty, box-hedge nose, then fat on the palate but sluggish. I'm not really enjoying this this year. Rating: 88 L&S (Apr 2014)
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Bright straw-yellow. The captivating nose hints at a considerable semillon component, with its white stone fruit and beeswax notes accented by fresh citrus and white flowers. Bright and juicy but dense, with lively acidity providing clarity and cut to the white stone fruit and citrus fruit flavors. The finish is vibrant and long, with pronounced minerality and a nice floral touch. Outstanding white Bordeaux in the making. Rating: 92-95 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Rich on the nose the palate has depth and the sweetness of tropical fruits. It is fresh in the middle citrusy with crisp apple but at the back there are layers of flavour depth of fruit a lovely complexity. 2016-21 Rating: 89-93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)
Smoky, bright citric character. Just a little dilute mid palate, and the finish tails off suddenly. (RH) Drink 2014-2018. Rating: 15.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2014)
Domaine de Chevalier is one of the few Bordeaux châteaux whose whites are every bit as good as its reds. This is waxy, toasty and complex, with complex lemongrass, grapefruit and smoked lemon flavours and focused, tangy acidity. 2015-25 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)
Fine lemon yellow, white summer flowers and fruits on the nose, a dry citrus and honey palate, lift and length for a good future. Drink: 2016-2025. Rating: 17.75 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)
This marries high-pitched thyme, chamomile and quinine notes with richer white peach, shortbread and meringue flavors. The long finish pulls everything together. Should be a beauty when finished. Rating: 92–95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)
The 2013 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is fabulous. White flowers, spices, mint, grapefruit and lemon peel all meld together in a distinctive wine bursting with personality. The flavors are bright and high-toned, while aging on the lees with a little bit of stirring adds texture. Intense, saline notes support the striking, crystalline finish. The 2013 seemed to get better with each tasting. This is a stunning wine by any measure. The blend is 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. Rating: 94-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2014)
The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a blend 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. It has a potent bouquet with apple blossom and granite scents that are not as immediate as previous vintages but only nicely in the glass after 5 minutes aeration. The palate is a little spicy on the entry. It is a beautifully balanced white Domaine de Chevalier with a fine line of acidity. Perversely the bottle at the Château was reticent, but subsequent examples suggested dewy green apples, peach and citrus peel notes combining with devastating effect on the finish. This will be worth seeking out after bottling and would be my preference over its red counterpart. Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)
This white is so dense and powerful, with a finish that lasts for minutes. Pear, lemon, grapefruit and loads of minerals. Has more weight than all the red wines made in 2013. Full body. Profound depth. I look forward to tasting this from bottle in a few years. Rating: 97-98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)
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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