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, Decanter.com(Oct 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, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 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)
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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