From Pessac Leognan on the Left Bank in Bordeaux – Domaine de Chevalier is becoming a more and more prominent player in the Bordeaux market. They have recently adopted biodynamic practices in the vineyard that means they are ticking even more boxes. This wine works very nicely as an investment grade wine – or still at the price point where you will not feel guilty by drinking it. After all, that is what wine is made for!
The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge was cropped at 34hl/ha between 11 and 29 September and is matured in 35% new oak for 18 months. It has a vivacious bouquet with quite generous black fruit, raspberry, brine and black olive that is well-defined and focused, if not possessing the complexity of the previous two vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly edgy tannin – layers of black fruit interlaced with melted tar and graphite, closing in a little towards the finish with a gentle grip. I appreciate the deft manner in which this fans out and leaves a mineral residue on the finish. A Domaine de Chevalier of refinement rather than power, one with “buvabilité” or “drinkability”. 92-94 points – Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2018)
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