65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot
Domaine de Chevalier is one of the few Graves estates to produce both first class reds and whites. The property was purchased by the Ricard family in 1865 and remained in their hands until it was bought by the Bernard distilling company in 1983. Domaine De Chevalier has 35 hectares of vines and red wine accounts for 80% of the production. Made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months. Domaine de Chevalier is fortunate to have such a fine team to run its affairs. Olivier, whose family business owns the estate, is the outgoing but canny administrator whilst Rémi Edange is hands-on, knowing every vine and every barrel. Whilst their white wines have always been amongst the very finest, the reds were simpler affairs. But from the 1995 vintage onwards greater flair and concentration was in evidence. The quality curve is now further accentuated by the team's bold move to appoint Stéphane Derenoncourt, of La Mondotte fame, as consultant winemaker. Domaine De Chevalier is classified as a Graves Cru Classé.
What The Critics Say
94-96/100 Vinous, Neal Martin
"The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier was harvested between 23 September and 12 October, underwent a triple sorting and a 30 day maceration before maturation in 35% new oak. It needs gentle coaxing in the glass, eventually offering broody blackberry, sous-bois, cedar and light brine scents that are certainly more cerebral than some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied on the entry with crisp tannins, slightly chalky in texture, fresh and mineral. It is very complex towards the finish with blackberry, sea salt and mineral notes, completing an intellectual Domaine de Chevalier with long ageing potential." Drink 2026 - 2060
96-97/100 James Suckling
"The chocolate, walnut, dark-fruit and stone character is attractive. It’s full-bodied and very tight and linear with chewy yet polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Lots of intensity and complexity here, as always."
95-97/100 Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve
"Dark garnet in color, the wine opens with smoky notes, pure cocoa, hot stones and dark red fruits. On the palate, this is in contention for the most elegant vintage produced at the property. But do not confuse elegance with lack of depth. The wine is refined, focusing on its purity with silky tannins and a soft, sexy, harmonious finish. This should age and evolve for at least 3 decades or more, though, it will be beautiful with just 8-10 years in the cellar. The wine blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot reaching 13.15% alcohol. The Grand Vin was produced from 60% of the harvest."
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