Domaine de Chevalier 2018

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An exceptionally powerful yet delicate red wine from Pessac-Leognan

2018 will surely be remembered at Domaine de Chevalier as one of the greatest vintages ever produced at the estate.

This emblematic property of the Graves enjoys an exceptional location, nestled in a secret garden in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, south of Bordeaux.

2018 was indeed a year of extreme climatic contrasts, with rainy months from January to early July, followed by 4 months of sun shining down the vines during the summer. The harvest took place under the best possible conditions, yielding exceptional grapes, which ripened early and displayed an ideal balance of power, concentration and freshness.

Produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (5%), the Domaine de Chevalier red 2018 embodies the identity of an exceptional vintage from one of the finest terroirs of the Graves.

At the tasting, the Domaine de Chevalier red 2018 presents a beautifully dark color, black at the core. The aromatic bouquet is beautifully polished and complex, exuding black and red fruits, followed by delicate spice, balsamic and empyreumatic notes. On the palate, the wine offers a generous and dense texture, along with delicious black and peppery fruit flavors. This wine displays a great power, balanced by a strong tension and great freshness, all while remaining quite delicate. Endowed with a great aging potential, the Domaine de Chevalier red 2018 has all the qualities of an exceptional vintage that will mark the history of the property.

Parker : 94-96+ / 100
Wine Spectator : 94-97 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot to be aged for approximately 18 months in oak barriques, 35% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Domaine de Chevalier starts a little closed before bounding out of the glass with bold expressions of fresh blackcurrants, kirsch, black raspberries and fragrant earth plus nuances of lilacs, Sichuan pepper and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate maintains elegance and sophistication, with a lovely ripe, finely grained frame and plenty of freshness to back up the floral and black fruit layers, finishing long and perfumed.
BordeauxPessac-Leognan
Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
17.5+

J. Suckling
99-100

Vinous - A. Galloni
94-97

Wine Spectator
94-97

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Graves

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Pessac-Leognan

Color
Red

Producer
Domaine de Chevalier

Classification
Cru classe

Parker
94-96+

Allergens
Contains sulfites