1999 Domaine de Chevalier

March 27, 2015

Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Producer:Domaine de Chevalier
Region:France / Bordeaux / Graves / Pessac Leognan


Wonderful balance, layers and seriously silky tannins. Embodiment of grace and elegance. A definitive highlight of Graves and the entire Bordeaux at that. The only thing keeping it from creeping closer to 5*s is Haut-Brion. That being said, at this age I would probably prefer Domaine de Chevalier. Not as much depth and class, but it begins to open up at a younger age than Haut-Brion. Moreover, it costs roughly three times less for the comparable vintage. While this still doesn’t make it cheap, but it does make it a great price/quality option with a heavy lean on quality.

Maybe an extra half-a-star is deserved, but I fear that would be an emotional upgrade. Which, in itself, is perfectly fine, relative to other bottles and vintages of Domaine de Chevalier I’ve had, this one fits in the pattern, rather than stands out.

Domaine de Chevalier also makes a very nice second wine, called L’Esprit de Chevalier. It doesn’t show very sophisticated when young, but pick up a bottle with 10 years on it and it’s a different story. Nice value.

Here are my tasting notes on various L’Esprit de Chevalier vintages:

2009 L’Esprit de Chevalier

2003 L’Esprit de Chevalier

2002 L’Esprit de Chevalier

1996 L’Esprit de Chevalier

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