2012 Domaine de Chevalier • Cru Classe • Pessac-Léognan
Located in Léognan, capital of the Graves, Domaine de Chevalier is a very ancient estate. It was designated as “Chibaley” (the Gascon word for knight) on the famous 1783 map produced by engineer Pierre de Belleyme. The fact that Chevalier has never abandoned the name of “domaine” in favor of the more recent appellation “château” is proof of the estate’s long history.
In 1983, Domaine de Chevalier was acquired by the Bernard family, leading French producers of industrial alcohol and major Bordeaux wine merchants.
Chevalier has been managed since then by Olivier Bernard, who perpetuates the spirit of harmony and quest for perfection that has long characterized this superb wine.
Domaine de Chevalier rouge is one of the leading wines in the Pessac-Léognan appellation and one of the finest classified growths of Bordeaux. Domaine de Chevalier blanc is recognized as one of the greatest dry white wines in the world.
Very floral and elegant with raspberry and blackcurrant fruit mixed with toasty oak/vanillin, followed by a medium to full-bodied, stylish, polished wine that is the quintessentially refined style of Pessac-Léognan. Nevertheless, the complexity and nuance has yet to fully emerge. This medium to full-bodied Domaine de Chevalier is poised for a bright future. It is tight and backward now, as well as restrained aromatically, but everything is there for the future. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 30 years. [92+ points, Robert M. Parker Jr – April 2015 – robertparker.com]