A brighter sweetness than the Carmes HB tasted just before, but not the aromatic depth. Ripe tannins gently build. Nice long pure finish with a touch of sweetness. It is good, but it lacks the aromatic drama and definition of some recent vintages. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Suave, spicy oak and warm, stony aromas, making immediate interest and giving way to vivid and fresh dark cherries, blackberries and cassis. The palate adds graphite-like, savory cherry-stone flavors amid smooth, velvety tannins. Tangy blackberries through the finish. Impressive. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Outperformed (only just) by some of its neighbours in 2015, but Domaine de Chevalier is still hard to beat for value and consistency. Firm and smoky with a carapace of tannin concealing the plummy, fruitcake-like flavours beneath. The acidity brings freshness to the finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
Great tension and subtlety. Extremely savoury - almost salty - with freshness and ripeness. Not one of the deepest colours. Lovely appetising low-key classicism. Bravissimo à tous! Drinking range: 2024 - 2045 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
A really smoky concentration on the nose here, all crushed black cherries and perfumed wild black plums, with a little touch of liquorice, but above all it has great purity. The palate is fresh, poised, showing a supple texture of creamed black plum fruit, over a very ripe bed of tannins, svelte but interlaced beautifully with the substance of the wine. Such poised concentration, the palate elegant and yet brimming with fruit and structure. Delightfully fresh and grippy in the finish, all ultimately very ripe. Rating: 17.5-18.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Sexy burnish of charcoal-grilled rich black cherry fruit with firmly held tannins. A lovely wine – fairly high powered compared to some; this is one to cellar for a while. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 33% new oak. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 23 September until 15 October at just 35 hl/ha, matured in 35% new oak. It has a sophisticated bouquet that is more reserved than its peers. It possesses one of the most precise, detailed aromatic profiles that I have encountered from this estate, wonderfully poised with black fruit, incense and cold stone. It has wonderful focus and class. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, very complex with lightly peppered black fruit. What marks this Domaine de Chevalier is the reserve and precision on the finish, a wine that is holding something back for its secondary evolution, a salinity that beckons you back for another sip. What a fabulous, intellectual wine from Olivier Bernard. Expect four decades of drinking pleasure - probably more - given my experience of ancient vintages. Drinking range: 2022 - 2055 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is one of the most striking wines of the year. Weightless, powerful and intense, the 2015 possesses crystalline delineation and precision from the very first taste. Bright red stone fruit, pomegranate, chalk and mint are some of the signatures. In the last of my four tastings, the Domaine de Chevalier showed tremendous richness and intensity as well. It will be interesting to see where the 2015 ends up. The future certainly looks bright. In 2015 the blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine will see around 35% new oak. Stéphane Dernonourt and his team consult on the red. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Offers an open, easy feel. The creamy structure lets juicy plum and raspberry notes flow along and linger on the finish. Almost languid in character, and very suave. Rating: 91—94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
This shows class and finesse with ultra-fine tannins and succulent fruit. Full body yet elegant and long. Gorgeous wine. Such length. Vibrant and focused. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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