|Bordeaux||2009||Domaine de Chevalier Blanc||BT||3||0||750.00||12||36||83.333333333333||95.10||95.10||Domaine de Chevalier Blanc||0.75|
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This wine has closed down since I saw it prior to bottling. A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon from one of the great estates in Pessac-Leognan, the wine has notes of white currants, melon, and flint/crushed rock with a delicate hit of orange and lemon zest. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.
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Tasted at the chateau. A very primal nose with touches of red apple, pear, a touch of beeswax and apple-blossom. Well defined but perhaps lacking the edginess displayed by the 2007 at this stage. The palate is well balanced and light on its feet, well-judged acidity, a slight creaminess on the entry, broadening out nicely on the palate and showing more complexity than might have been aromatically implied. Very pure on the finish. Excellent. Tasted April 2010.
This is fabulous, long and superintense, with dried pineapple and sliced apples. Dense and powerful, with a great backbone of acidity and a long, long finish. Wonderful structure in this baby white.
Some nerve as well as some fat on the nose here. Firm and mineral on the finish. Real structure to this bone dry wine. Not unlike de Fieuzal but a bit richer. I feel confident that more interest will develop.Date tasted 2nd April 2010. Drink 2013-2020.
One of the truly great names of dry White Bordeaux. Chevalier Blanc has a loyal following and is a wine with an amazing ability to age despite being attractive and complex in its youth. A touch of grassy, gooseberry on the nose, then melon, sherbert and prickly pear on the palate. Beautiful definition, ripe and floral with a touch of oil but great acidity. Wonderful balance.
The raciness of citrus gives an attractive brightness on the nose but behind is richness and depth of flavour. Pineapple and tropical fruits vie for dominance on the palate, the mix of flavours all adding to the complexity. There is a lovely balance, rich ripe fruit lifted and refreshed by acidity. Drink 2013-2020.
The white wines from Domaine du Chevalier are always among my favourite dry white Bordeaux, even in a comparatively warm vintage like 2009. Even for a very young wine, this is impressively complex: toast, grapefruit, vanilla and a hint of banana on the nose and palate, with a fresh, tangy, minerally finish. 5+ years.
Lemon yellow, quite restrained floral nose, fresh pears, green apples, shows complexity and vineyard depth, great purity and quite succulent length while retaining its restrained and impressive class. Drink 2013-20.