Owned by the Bernard family since 1983, the beautiful Domaine de Chevalier is one of the finest Bordeaux Crus Classes. This iconic estate is located in the heart of the Pessac-Leognan appellation, to the south of Bordeaux and is surrounded by a green haven.
Domaine de Chevalier overlooks a rare vineyard comprising 45 hectares of vines dedicated to the production of red wine. The vineyard lies on a gravelly soil with a clay and gravel subsoil.
The vinification and aging
The grapes are hand-picked in small crates, based on their level of ripeness, and are rigorously sorted in the vineyard, then in the cellar before and after destemming. The vinification is carried out in a plot-by-plot manner in small tulip-shaped tanks, thus ensuring an optimal extraction. The wine is aged in barrels (1/3 new oak) for 16 to 18 months, with regular stirring of the lees during the first 4 months.
Domaine de Chevalier 2013 comprises a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (5%).
Brilliant, with a beautiful ruby color.
A perfect marriage between finesse and complexity, the nose gives off intense fruity (ripe red fruit), spicy (sweet pepper) and mineral (graphite) fragrances.
Full and precise, this wine seduces the palate with its fine tannins and its structure. During the tasting, the palate harmoniously combines a perfect balance with a delicate and crisp fruity expression. This fine Pessac-Leognan wine is lively, delicious and has a good length.
This Domaine de Chevalier 2013 can be kept in the cellar until 2023 in order to reveal its full aromatic range.
The 2013 Domaine de Chevalier has a refined bouquet, laid back and languorous with blackberry, briary notes, a touch of bay leaf developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, quite edgy tannin, nicely balanced and fresh with a simple but harmonious finish. It's the kind of 2013 that you'll just enjoy as a fine Claret, leaving you with a smile on your face. This constitutes a very commendable effort in such a challenging vintage, the bottom line being that it is one of the most pleasurable releases in 2013.