Abundant notes of sandy, loamy soil, forest floor, black currants, cherries, and unsmoked high-class cigar tobacco jump from the glass of this complex, perfumed Pessac-Leognan. Medium-bodied and lighter than many 2000s, it has resolved all of its tannin, and appears to have reached full maturity. This wine has such superb balance that I suspect it will last another 8-10 years.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010|
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
The finest Domaine de Chevalier in over a decade, this opaque purple-colored effort exhibits abundant character with its striking aromatic profile of burning coals, plums, currants, tobacco, and spice box. Some oak is present, but it is well-integrated in this rich, medium to full-bodied, elegant, pure 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002|
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 92||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003|
|Score: 92||James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (23 Jan 03), January 2003|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003|
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2001|