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Domaine de Chevalier 2019

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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 since the early 2000's, with the vines reaching maturity, the quality here has returned to that of the great vintages of the 1940's and 1950's. 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. It wins its flight at the blind "Southwold" tasting with impressive regularity. However, prices have remained reasonable. This is always one of our best-selling wines en primeur.

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier is a magical wine in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild plums, crushed blackcurrants and violets mingled with hints of pencil shavings, subtle spices and coniferous forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, with a vibrant core of fruit, beautifully refined tannins and lively acids, it's exquisitely elegant and harmonious, concluding with a long, perfumed finish. Stylistically, this wine exhibits a much closer affinity with the great Domaine de Chevalier of yesteryear than much of what was produced here in the early 2000s. It's a masterclass in what contemporary Bordeaux can deliver, and worth a special effort to seek out. Drink Date 2029 - 2060

William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

Beautiful, ripe redcurrants, bay leaf, violets and raspberries on the nose. Full-bodied with firm and very tight tannins that are polished and layered. Crushed stones highlight the beautiful blue fruit. Poised and refined. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc. Try after 2026.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2022

The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier has a precise and complex bouquet with blackberry, cedar and tobacco scents, quite Médoc-like in style. This is thoroughly engaging. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, exquisitely integrated oak, fleshy and fine-boned with a precise finish. This is outstanding. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drink 2025-2055.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Southwold), February 2023

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby-purple with a restrained, refined nose of red and black fruit together with a deeply mineral, stony edge - quite unique and very enticing. The palate follows, with graphite and savoury spices making for a compact, focused impression. Tightly wound with mouthcoating tannins, this is a Domaine de Chevalier that warrants patience in the cellar. Very pure throughout, showing its greatest intensity on the finish. A wine of great promise, but give it at least five years (10 better) before opening. It will age well for decades.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, November 2021

The Domaine de Chevalier 2019 has a deep garnet-purple color. It sashays out with gorgeous notions of stewed plums, warm cassis, and kirsch, followed by touches of potpourri, cedar, and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate delivers firm, fine-grained tannins and a racy backbone to frame the intense, bright, youthful fruit, finishing long and perfumed.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2023

This is just gorgeous, you see exactly where it is going, with waves of unfussy but powerful black fruit aromatics, a beautiful wine that is full of density and complexity, pared back with restrained cassis and bilberry at this point. Hints of cocoa bean, tobacco, slate, truffle and smoked earth coming through, that will no doubt build over the next few years in bottle. Tasted twice, two months apart, both times hugely successful, easy to recommend. In organic conversion.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

Tasted blind. Deep crimson. Fresh and frank. Not overworked. Savoury finish with signs of top-quality oak. Interesting! Difficult to spit because it’s so appetising and well balanced. Long. 13.5%
Drink 2027
– 2045

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2023

60% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc.
Inky crimson. Ripe, rich black fruit, cassis and black cherry. A slight leafy/herbal note adding freshness. More leafy on the palate but not green or unripe, just very scented Cabernet. Tannins are finely textured, becoming chewy as you taste, but polished. One of the most complete wines tasted so far in this small line-up of Pessac reds. (JH) 13.5%
Drink 2030 – 2040

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2021

The 2019 follows in the footsteps of an excellent 2018 that received a potential 100 point score from James Suckling. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, with an abv of 13%. Deep ruby in colour with a juicy, pure nose of dark cherries and plums that has a mineral, savoury edge. The palate follows, with earthy restraint despite the fleshy dark and red fruits at the core. The oak is smoky but subtle, very much the supporting role to the dense and intense core of fruit. This is what drives the long finish, with the acidity adding a touch of lift to a very fine but already moreish wine.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

I loved the 2019 Domaine De Chevalier, which is unquestionably up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot that saw just 35% new oak, it sports a dense purple hue as well as a killer, quintessential Graves bouquet of darker black fruits, scorched earth, truffle, cold fireplace, tobacco, and graphite. More medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has brilliant purity, ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It's not a blockbuster but has this incredible sense of class, balance, and finesse while being rich and concentrated. It's a gorgeous wine, and wine lovers will adore being able to compare this side by side with the 2015, 2016, and 2018 over the coming 3-4 decades.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April 2022
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The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier remains a little reticent on the nose at first and takes time to unfurl in the glass (often a good sign, in my book), revealing black fruit, crushed rock, undergrowth and just a touch of brine, perhaps less than in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied, poised and harmonious, with fine-grained tannins, wonderful mineralité and a gentle build toward the saline finish. It gains weight and cohesion with aeration. A noble Domaine de Chevalier that will age with style. 2026 - 2060

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2022

The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier was harvested between 23 September and 12 October, underwent a triple sorting and a 30 day maceration before maturation in 35% new oak. It needs gentle coaxing in the glass, eventually offering broody blackberry, sous-bois, cedar and light brine scents that are certainly more cerebral than some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied on the entry with crisp tannins, slightly chalky in texture, fresh and mineral. It is very complex towards the finish with blackberry, sea salt and mineral notes, completing an intellectual Domaine de Chevalier with long ageing potential. 2026 - 2060

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

The chocolate, walnut, dark-fruit and stone character is attractive. It’s full-bodied and very tight and linear with chewy yet polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Lots of intensity and complexity here, as always.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020

The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier rouge is made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a lot of coaxing to unlock notes of warm cassis, crushed blackberries, and boysenberry preserves, with hints of rose oil, cumin seed, and menthol plus a waft of wood smoke. Medium-bodied, the plate is wonderfully elegant, featuring very finely grained tannins and lovely tension, finishing long and minerally.

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

Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Domaine de Chevalier was harvested from the 23rd of September to the 13th of October. The alcohol weighed in at a modest 13%. It is aging in French oak barrels, 35% new, for around 18 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it shoots from the glass with vibrant, intense scents of warm blueberries, blackberry preserves and fresh blackcurrants plus hints of spice box, violets, crushed rocks and pencil lead with a hint of menthol. The medium-bodied palate gives an appearance of weight from its sheer energy, offering bags of fresh, crunchy berry layers and a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and pure.

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

A lovely Chevalier, with rich tannins, juicy cassis and bilberry fruit, sage and pepper spice and a slate finish. Similar in style to warm but well-built years like 2000. Not the power of 2016 but this is an excellent wine, with lots to enjoy. Harvest finished October 12. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020
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