Domaine de Chevalier 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourRed
TypeStill

This much respected property in Pessac-Léognan is run with great care by Olivier Bernard whose family took it over from Claude Ricard in 1983. During the 1980s and 1990s there was a major programme of replanting here and it is only since the early 2000's, with the vines reaching maturity, that the quality here has returned to that of the great vintages of the 1960s and before. Without doubt, the best vintages of Chevalier are the most recent ones. Domaine de Chevalier performs brilliantly every year now and is a regular star of our blind tastings. However, prices have remained reasonable. This is always one of our best-selling wines en primeur.


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a classy affair on the nose: nothing ambitious or self-aggrandizing, just beautifully defined black fruit laced with pine needles and wilted irises. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, filigreed tannin, pitch-perfect acidity and a captivating sense of mineralité toward the persistent finish. This is an outstanding Domaine de Chevalier, possessing a surfeit of pedigree and breeding. Drink 2022-2055.

Score: 95Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot picked between 4-21 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare, and matured in 35% new oak. Oh yes! This is a perfumed bouquet that unfolds beautifully in the glass with blackberry, cedar, smoke and a light marine influence, not unlike Japanese nori. The palate is medium-bodied with such fine tannins that it bought to mind Burgundy rather than Bordeaux. There is a grainy texture here, quite saline in the mouth with an entrancing sense of symmetry, very classic but not austere on the finish, with a long and saline aftertaste. This is an outstanding Domaine de Chevalier from the busiest man in Bordeaux, Oliver Bernard. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2025-2060.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it rocks up with expressive warm plums, blueberry compote and cassis scents with suggestions of sandalwood, baking spices and potpourri. Medium-bodied and delicately styled yet with a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins, it sports restrained earth-laced fruit and a long finish. 2021-2039.

Score: 94+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, November 2018

Aromas of blackberries, red and dark plums, cedar and gravel, as well as red flowers and brown-leaf tea. It offers a very sleek and powerful array of ripe dark fruit and a very plush, focused and elegant bed of fresh, fine and powerful tannins. Plenty of aging potential, this is still quite tight. A blend of 55 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 35 per cent merlot, five per cent cabernet franc and five per cent petit verdot. Try from 2024.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

A dense and tight DC with mineral, crushed stone, cement and black currant. Full, tight and racy. Gorgeous. Leafs and tobacco undertones. Very tannic. Tight and so strucured. Complex.

Score: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017


The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a thrilling wine. Dense and beautifully layered, the 2016 is also quite a bit richer than it usually is. Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics and structure pulse through the wine. The red-toned fruit is incredibly primary at this stage. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2016 for at least a handful of years. It has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far.

2026 - 2066

Score: 97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a wine of total precision and class. Today, the flavors are remarkably primary, while the tannins, unusually, are totally buried by the fruit. It will be many years before the 2016 is ready to show all of its cards, but it is a brilliant wine in the making. Dark red cherry, blood orange, mint, white pepper and rose petal infuse the strikingly delineated, vibrant finish.

Score: 93/96Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

asted blind. Toasty note and then creamy and fresh. Hardly distinctive but ticks the boxes! Slightly too sweet.
Drink 2025 – 2037

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

Concentrated and luscious. Real life and savour on the (at the moment slightly inky) end. One of the most youthful samples I encountered. Dry sandpaper end but perhaps it's a more honest sample than most?
Drink 2028-2048

Score: 17+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This much respected property in Pessac-Léognan is run with great care by Olivier Bernard whose family took it over from Claude Ricard in 1983. During the 1980s and 1990s there was a major programme of replanting here and it is only since the early 2000's, with the vines reaching maturity, that the quality here has returned to that of the great vintages of the 1960s and before. Without doubt, the best vintages of Chevalier are the most recent ones. Domaine de Chevalier performs brilliantly every year now and is a regular star of our blind tastings. However, prices have remained reasonable. This is always one of our best-selling wines en primeur. Olivier Bernard is rightly proud of his 2016, believing it could outshine both his 2015 and 2009, and may be his best ever. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc make up the blend. Deep in colour with a wonderfully spicy, balck-fruited nose of cherry, plum and star anise. The palate is creamy and generous on entry with supply blackcurrant and damson lifted by refined, ripe tannins and refreshing acidity. The intensity builds through the mid palate with toasty oak, black chocolate, and vanilla pod providing further and further complexity with a flourish of breadth and length on the finish. A really superb 2016, one which we highly recommed both for value and absolute quality.

Score: 17.5+Farr Vintners, April 2017

The nose has a mix of fragrances the palate starts with some fresh fruits but the fruit in the middle is rich and sweet supple the tannins ripe but discreet. Rich at the back depth fleshy but there is balance an underlying freshness the finish is stylish and long. 2025-42

Score: 91/95Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Like the white Domaine de Chevalier, this is made to age and wasn’t showing at its most open and appealing during en primeur week. It’s a dense, firm, serious wine that needs quite a bit of time to digest its oak. But who’s in a hurry here? 2024-34

Score: 92Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Rich, round and beautiful, there really is distance between red and white this year. This has all the signature welcome and power of the very best vintages of Domaine de Chevalier, one of the 'clue' châteaux you should follow to track the quality of reds and whites in Bordeaux in any given vintage. Here you see that 2016 hits it out of the park with the reds. Rich damson, deep black cherry, slate, wet stones and curls of cold ash - this has beautiful complexity and texture. Stunning.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Score: 96Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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