2013 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Pessac-Léognan
Classification Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Blue-edged colour. Taut and bright and fine lifted black fruit flavours, quite aromatic. Good weight and compact concentration. Good depth of fruit and density with a fine line of purity just inflected by oak. Definitely amongst the successes as it keeps its density and purity to the end, never becoming poky or scratchy. 2016-2029 Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2014)

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The nose is dense but refined, with spicy blackcurrant fruit. There's density on the palate and some complexity, with a appealing juiciness but underlying grip too. Quite Long. Drinking range: 2016 - 2024 Rating: 90 Stephen Brook, 2016)

Made from an unusual blend for this great estate, the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot (no Petit Verdot), and the total production was less than half of normal. The wine achieved 13% natural alcohol, but yields were frightfully low. The result is an outstanding effort in this frequently disappointing, average quality vintage. The wine possesses a deep plum/ruby color as well as a sweet bouquet of incense, charcoal, red and black currants, and loamy soil. Medium-bodied with good texture, depth and purity, sweet tannins, and present but unobtrusive acidity, it should drink nicely for 12-15 years. Once again, it proves that Domaine de Chevalier often accomplishes impressive things in so-called “off” vintages. 2014-2029 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2014)

Deep purple-ruby. Blackberry, bell pepper and aromatic herbs on the nose; gave a sweeter, fruitier impression with aeration. Bright blackcurrant, tobacco leaf, aromatic oak and gunflint flavors are impressively pure and deep, but slightly tough tannins coat the palate on the moderately long, perfumed finish. I think this wine has sneaky concentration and I like its pure aromas and flavors, go I hope it will develop a little more fruity charm and flesh during its time in barrel. Rating: 86-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

The nose has depth the fruit ripe quite sweet. There is richness on the mid palate lots of black fruits all supported by firm but fine tannins. Red fruit freshness gives a lighter feel at the back but on the finish there is richness, sweetness and depth of flavour. 2018-30 Rating: 90-93 Derek Smedley MW, 2014)

Always among the best value wines on the Left Bank, this has over-delivered on flavour and complexity in 2013. Classic graphite and cassis characters are underpinned by well-judged oak and fine-grained tannins and a refreshing, grassy finish. 2018-26 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

(63 Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 Merlot, 5 Petit Verdot, 2 Cabernet Franc) Dry, tart, lean and herbal and lacking in ripe fruit, this is a hard wine to enjoy at this stage. Slight pruney notes on finish give some hope but no matter how hard I look I cannot see this wine evening out. Rating: 16+ Matthew Jukes 2014)

Superb colour, lovely cassis black fruits nose, rich smoothness on the palate with Chevalier tobacco leaf hints, elegantly exuberant in 2013 Drink: 2017-2028. Rating: 17.25 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

This is nicely put together, with good flesh to the plum and blackberry fruit. Subtle toast and a hint of graphite checks in on the finish. A touch of plum skin pinches the finish, but this remains solid overall. Rating: 88–91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)

Graphite, smoke, plums and violets meld together in the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier. One of the most impressive wines of the year, the 2013 stands out for its energy, delineation and brilliant textural balance. With a little time in the glass, the 2013 opens up beautifully, showing off its multi-faceted personality. What a gorgeous wine this is. Violets, sage and new leather add the final layers of complexity to what is easily one of the wines of the vintage. The 2013 has been striking the three times I have tasted it. In 2013, the blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, 2014)

A blend 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between from the end of September up to around the 15 October, the Domaine de Chevalier has a toasty bouquet with dark chocolate scents that seem more pronounced compared to previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of greenness in the background. This is a broody, introspective Domaine de Chevalier, with good weight on the dry, gritty finish, but I feel it is missing its usual the moment. I strongly suspect that it will mellow and demonstrate more pizzazz by the time of bottling as this 2013 has impressive persistency, but it needs to really get hold of that oak. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, 2014)

Spice and tobacco character with berry and coffee undertones. Medium to full body, silky tannins. Seamless and integrated for the vintage. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, 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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