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Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2017

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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 in its youth. The 5 hectares of vines are planted with 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a brilliant wine. Still a pale lemon colour in the glass, it has a fantastic, penetrating nose of lemon curd, tangerine, baking spices and petrichor. The palate is high energy, with a streak of steely acidity providing the backbone for deceptively ripe fruit. Citrus and orchard fruits intermingle with a hint of something more tropical, but the acids and a lightly pithy texture keep everything focused and in line. Silkiness builds through the mid palate, finishing with a flourish on an expansive and very long finish. Ready to drink, but it will be fascinating to follow in bottle with a DIAM closure offering reliability and consistency in its ageing. Superb.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, June 2023

The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is reduced on the nose and it needs 20 to 30 minutes in the glass to really find its (aromatic) voice: lemon curd, hazelnut, pressed white flowers and a touch of smoke as it finally speaks up. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity: poised and lively, but quite reserved at first. This is a white Pessac-Léognan predestined for long-term ageing, so stick away in the cellar for a good few years. 2025-2050.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020

This is really powerful and structured with superb muscle and phenolic tension. Yet, it’s formed and polished, layered and dense. Full-bodied, but energetic and focused. Vibrant acidity. Goes on for minutes. Citrus, stone, straw, salt and chalk. Incredible. Try after 2023.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

The white Domaine de Chevalier 2017 wafts out of the glass with alluring notes of mandarin peel, lemon meringue pie, and lime blossoms, plus hints of chalk dust, white pepper, and fresh ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate has electric intensity with lots of mineral sparks and a very long multilayered finish. Wow! So youthful...it should age beautifully.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, December 2022

As with the red, this really does punch at the top end of the appellation. It's more herbal than some, showing attractive fresh herb notes of rosemary and sage. High quality white peach and nectarine flavours run though the palate, with slatey edges on the finish that are scraping the sides. It's a great wine that is going to age and develop. Oh - and there was a touch of frost here, but Domaine de Chevalier was, of course, well prepared, being located in a vulnerable spot. One-third new oak.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Subtle but complex aroma. There's mealy oak spice entwined with grapefruit and pear, fragrant in a restrained and serious style. Less subtle on the palate in drive and length. Firm texture and still super-fresh. Balance and persistence with a promising future. Cedary/spicy aftertaste. Will probably age a good deal longer if you are willing to be patient.
Drink 2022-2032

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Taut and mineral on the nose, the aromas of struck flint, lemon pith, coriander and wood smoke need coaxing from the glass at this stage. The true potential of this wine is revealed on the palate, with a wonderful waxy and rich entry cut by bright, vivid acidity that brings notes of lemon, grapefruit, and struck flint. The power builds through the mid palate, which gains weight and texture, with notes of set honey and beeswax, sweet charred lemons and a light wood smoke. The finish is long and tight, with great delineation of flavour. Real potential here.

Farr Vintners, April 2018

Richness depth of fruit both nose and palate have lots of ripe apricots and nectarines. The mid palate is honeyed with candied peel mid sweetness and richness and although tropical fruits at the back give a lighter feel the finish is fleshy and plush. Drink 2021 - 2035.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

Very refreshing and very bright in spite of its intensity and dimensions, this is a very good wine indeed and it is the crisp, aromatic, razor sharp fruit (which so many other estates fail to capture) which makes this such a knockout. It will work well early on, but also hold well and I anticipate that it will never lose this vivacity and drive.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018
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The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc was picked from 31 August until 15 September via several tries through the vineyard that yielded 46hl/ha, with 13.5° alcohol. It has a very attractive, estuarine influenced bouquet with scents of cockle and oyster shell infusing the vivacious citrus fruit. This opens up very nicely with aeration in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. It feels quite saline and spicy in the mouth with a rather intense citric finish that is very persistent, the aftertaste again, quite saline. Drink 2021 - 2045.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

This is a dense and beautiful DC with serious density and a fabulous layering of fruit. Phenolics are there but they melt into the wine already. Love the acid/fruit balance. A solid and serious white.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

Closed on the nose to begin, the Domaine de Chevalier 2017 Blanc (composed of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon) opens to aromas of ripe pears, Golden delicious apples and white peaches with notions of straw, honeysuckle and chalk. Medium-bodied, the palate is seriously intense and racy with loads of mineral sparks on the finish. It was aged for 16 months in French oak, 35% new. 2021 - 2033

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

A tentative blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc opens with vibrant notes of freshly squeezed lemons, pink grapefruit and yuzu, accented by touches of lime zest and green apple plus a waft of crushed stones. Medium-bodied with lively acidity and super-intense, wonderfully expressive citrus flavors, it finishes long and chalky.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018
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