The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is a wine with well-controlled density. This precise Pessac-Leognan offers a very fresh aromatic expression and a pleasant gustatory outline. On the nose, vibrant yet quite restrained black fruits prevail. This form of restriction comes from the remarkable concentration of the wine. The fruit freshness, the fragrance purity and its cedar balsamic character distinguish this Cru Classé de Graves. On the palate, the attack is dynamic on refreshing acidity that carries the wine until finish. On the mid-palate, it is concentrated with refinement, the tannin grain is sumptuous, blended almost creamy yet detectable. The palate is juicy and filled with black fruits. The persistent finish is both fruity and balsamic. It is a fine Chevalier with a good ageing potential. It is straight and solid wine!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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. Tasted three times with consistent notes.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc|
|Producer||Domaine de Chevalier|
- R. Gabriel : 18
- J. Robinson : 18
- Vineyard : Graves
- Wine Spectator : 91-94
- Country : France
- Decanter : 95
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc