The 2009 Domaine de Chevalier boasts an intense dark-red hue. The typically Chevalier nose exudes a complex intermix of softwood and mint, ripe fruits and fresh leather. This Pessac-Leognan is rich, silky, and plump. The palate is dominated by very elegant fruits, pure, and precise. Tannins are noble, delicate, and tasty in this generous, full-bodied offering with high fruit concentration. The creamy finish is fresh, fruity, and very long. Concentration, defined mineral character, and freshness as superbly balanced in a pure and elegant style.
In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years.