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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 7 hectares of vines are planted with 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon.
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A dense, creamy DC white with lots of rich cooked-apple, mineral, cream and praline character. It’s full and very layered with chewy intensity and a long, bitter-lemon and almost honey finish. Pretty phenolic tension, too.
The 2020 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc bursts with notions of ripe yellow apples, juicy pears and lime blossoms, plus hints of blanched almonds, yuzu zest and wet pebbles. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers impactful apple and citrus flavors with a racy backbone and seductive oiliness to the texture, finishing long and minerally. Drink 2025-2038.
An excellent white with precision, flesh and confidence, sure to age well. A ton of white pear and some soft pepper spice keeps up the pace and lift from beginning to end, and the intensity continues to build after the wine has left the palate - a sure sign of something special happening. A yield of 43hl/ha. Tasted twice. Unusual for me to score the red and white Chevalier at the same level, but both are extremely successful in this vintage.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2032
Full embossed bottle 1,330 g. Undated cask sample. 70% Sauvignon, 30% Sémillon. In conversion to organic viticulture. Fermented and aged for 18 months in barrel.
Subtle, salivatory, mineral nose. Quite rich and dense on the palate – lots more depth here than in most dry white Pessac-Léognans. Seems weightier and richer than most previous vintages. Builds towards the finish. On past form, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt regarding ageability. 13.5%
Drink 2023 – 2030
The 2020 is a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon. Ripe citus and fresh grapefruit together on the nose with something more tropical and a hint of vanilla. The palate is tangy, lifted by bright acidity and driven by a saline backbone. There is some generous texture to be found underneath the fruit, which is largely citrus-based but also has a hint of melon. This feels ripe and solar on the finish.