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Domaine de Chevalier 2012

Domaine de Chevalier 2012

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Domaine de Chevalier 2012

A delicate, fresh and aromatic Pessac-Leognan white wine

The producer

Owned by the Bernard family since 1983, the beautiful Domaine de Chevalier is at the top of the list of the finest Bordeaux Crus Classes. Like a secret garden, this iconic cru located in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, to the south of Bordeaux, is surrounded by a green haven.

The vineyard

Domaine de Chevalier watches over a rare vineyard which comprises 5 hectares of white vines. A true patchwork of terroirs, the Domaine de Chevalier vineyard is composed of black sand and fine white gravel soil resting on a perfectly drained clay-gravel subsoil.

The vintage

After two years of drought, the heavy rainfall during spring was ideal and replenished the soil’s water reserves. The efficient vineyard management reduced the risk of disease caused by the rainfall and favored, through green harvesting, a progressive and even flowering period. The good weather conditions during the summer months enabled the grapes to reach perfect ripeness up until the manual harvest, which took place between the 12th of September and the 5th of October.

The vinification and aging

The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo successive selections based on their ripeness level. Slow pressing precedes alcoholic fermentation in barrels, as does the 18-month aging period (35% new barrels), followed by regular stirring of the lees.

The blend

The 2012 Domaine de Chevalier dry white wine comprises a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%).

The tasting


Lively and bright, the color is a beautiful pale gold.


Precise and intense, this beautifully complex wine blends fresh fruit fragrances (vine peach, pineapple) and citrus fruits with subtle notes of acacia flowers. When aired, tasty mineral, minty and smoky notes emerge.


Full and smooth, this wine will seduce the palate with its straightforwardness sustained by a lively acidity. Pure and refined, the palate combines an intense fruity expression with a delicate feel and a great freshness.

Wine critic
Domaine de Chevalier 2012
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J. Suckling
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting. The 2012 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has an intriguing marine influence nose that nods towards Muscadet - well defined with white flower and chalky scents following suit. The palate is fresh and vibrant, well balanced and quite rounded in the mouth, easing down with a chalky, more linear finish. I suspect this has gone into its shell, ergo my parsimonious score vis-a-vis out of barrel, but in my experience, Domaine de Chevalier rewards long-term bottle age and I expect that score to float upwards with time. Tasted January 2016.