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Domaine de Chevalier Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2005
I fell in love with this, not only from barrel 3 years ago, but last autumnwhen in bottle. Sensational wine, I bought 3 cases in different sizes. Lovelycontrast to St Juliens, Pauillacs. The best wines of 2005 show an irrepressibleenergy and as soon as the aromatics of the Chevalier hit you, you can feel thevigour in the rich intoxicating black fruit and the minerally, gravellyovertones that only great Graves can offer. The seemingly endless finish andperfect harmony of this wine, combined with the firm yet supple tannins,immensely concentrated fruit and life-giving acidity look set to make this alegendary Dom. de Chevalier. (Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)
External Reviews for Domaine de Chevalier Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan
Now consulting at Domaine de Chevalier, Stephane Derenoncourt appears to have tamed the blatant oakiness evident in previous vintages as the 2005 is one of the strongest efforts from this estate in ma... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Chevalier, Domaine de 6000ml
This highly regarded estate is planted with 81 acres of red grapes (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the balance split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot -the last planted in 1995). The top soil is dark sand mixed with gravel over a subsoil of gravelly clay interspersed with iron-rich alios. The wine is vatted in squat stainless tanks that are wider than taller, allowing optimum extraction, and the wine undergoes malo-lactic and is aged in 50% new oak for around 21 months. Moderately dense in color, the nose is soft and creamy with muted red and black fruits. Subtle and refined, the '05 shows an expressive finish with a smoky oak note. The elegance typical of Chevalier with the extra dimension of the '05 vintage. Robert Parker 92, Wine Spectator 93.
Limited to 1,200 cases per vintage, the white wine of Domaine de Chevalier is sought out for its class and ability to age. The white varieties are Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%). The wine remains in tank on its gross lees until the middle of the second year when it is racked, leaving the fine lees, and then is racked again to barrels after the summer. The '05 is closed and backward to the nose (altogether typical of Chevalier). More expressive on the palate with great finesse and length in a tight framework. A wine that always requires patience and will reward cellaring. Distinctive and refined. Robert Parker 95, Wine Spectator 97.
Purple color of normal intensity. Aromatic and fruity nose with a nice smell of hazelnut red fruit and leather. The palate is well built pulpy on entry mellow in the middle and tasty. Finishing up on coated tannins with a hint of vividness in the persistence. Good length. A success of the vintage. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com