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Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2018

Bordeaux - Pessac-Léognan - Cru Classé de Graves - Domaine de Chevalier

Grand Cru Classé of Pessac-Léognan.

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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
Stored in air-conditioned cellar
Data sheets
Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 65%
Merlot 30%
Petit Verdot 5%
Domaine de Chevalier

Domaine de Chevalier

The Domaine de Chevalier is a great name that inevitably comes to mind when we think of Pessac-Léognan wines. Its origins go back several centuries, and it was once known as "Chibaley", from its Gascon name, according to official records from 1783. 

The latter would also mention a nearby path leading to Santiago de Compostela. The notion of Domaine was deliberately retained by the few owners it has successively known, distinguishing it when the mention of "Château" gradually began to appear in the vineyard.

Grand Cru Classé in red and white in the 1953 Graves classification, the property has belonged to the Bernard family, major Bordeaux merchants, since 1983. Olivier Bernard and his son Adrien manage it, always striving for perfection. 

Domaine de Chevalier is based on a 45-hectare vineyard planted on gravel with clay-gravel subsoils.

- The red grape varieties (40 ha) are 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet franc. The grand vin is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% of which are new. L'Esprit de Chevalier is the Second vin rouge. 

- The white grape varieties (5 ha) are 70% Sauvignon blanc and 30% Sémillon. The grand vin blanc is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% of which are new. L'Esprit de Chevalier... See more ...

Critics Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2018.

Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
95/100
James Suckling
99/100
Wine Spectator
96/100
Jancis Robinson
17/20
Vinous - A. Galloni
97/100

Description Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2018.

The 2018 vintage is a great vintage for the Bordeaux vineyard, despite the climatic contrasts it experienced. Following a rather cool spring, the summer was marked by strong heat and a lot of sunshine, very beneficial for the vines. The exceptional late season in September and October will see alternating sunny days and cool nights that will allow the grapes to obtain a beautiful color, to concentrate in tannins and aromatic freshness.

Blend of the 2018 vintage: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

The color is an intense dark red, tinged with purple highlights.

The nose is elegant and very concentrated, offering notes of red and black fruits, including cherry and black currant, menthol, toasted wood and white pepper.

The attack is melting and precise, revealing a full matter and a lot of volume. Flavors of red berries express themselves harmoniously in the middle of the mouth, followed by dark chocolate and spices. Juicy and carried by an elegant tannic structure giving it a nice freshness, it ends on a long persistent and finely peppered finish.

Food and wine pairing:

Domaine de Chevalier red 2018 will go perfectly with herb-crusted roast beef, rack of lamb confit, partridge salmis, venison hazelnuts or marcassin confit civet.

For a match with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, enjoy it with a praline dessert, a chocolate mi-cuit or a pear-caramel cake.

Cellaring potential and tasting:

Domaine de Chevalier red 2018 has great aging potential. It can easily wait in the cellar for another ten years to improve, or even longer. Its peak will be between 2033 and 2038.

However, it lends itself perfectly to tasting today. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Open and decant ideally 4 to 5 hours before tasting.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

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