1999 Domaine de Chevalier

March 27, 2015

Name:Rouge
Vintage:1999
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Producer:Domaine de Chevalier
Region:France / Bordeaux / Graves / Pessac Leognan
Alcohol:n/a

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.

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2002 Domaine de Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier

September 17, 2014

Name:L’Esprit de Chevalier
Vintage:2002
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer:Domaine de Chevalier
Region:Italy / Bordeaux
Alcohol:n/a

This is like a 2003 but wiser, more balanced, nuanced, elegant and terroir driven. My favorite of the vertical. It was more about finesse and felt as if it was more a vineyard than the winery wine.

2009 Domaine de Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier

September 17, 2014

Name:L’Esprit de Chevalier
Vintage:2009
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer:Domaine de Chevalier
Region:France / Bordeaux / Graves
Alcohol:n/a

Fruit forward and lacking depths/complexity due to its age. Clean, if simplistic, nose with some dairy and rubbery notes behind all the black currant. Silky texture already drinks easily, but not yet interestingly.

2003 Domaine de Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier

September 16, 2014

Name:L'Esprit de Chevalier
Vintage:2003
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer:Domaine de Chevalier
Region:France / Bordeaux / Graves
Alcohol:n/a

Originally, this was the vintage that put me onto this wine. It still has the widest reach (at the cost of leading with terroir) in terms of appeal within the vertical. Secondary aromas dominate, with fruit not quite gone, but definitely distant. Tobacco and stewed strawberry are interesting late developments. Best if drunk within 2 hrs of opening.

1996 Domaine de Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier

September 16, 2014

Name:L’Esprit de Chevalier
Vintage:1996
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer:Domaine de Chevalier
Region:France / Bordeaux / Graves
Alcohol:n/a

What a surprise! Arguably more potent than ’03 and ’02. Good attack. Unmistakable Cabernet Sauvignon’s black currant signature. However, initial excitement is undermined by short mid-palate and quickly fading finish. The age has left more of the Chevalier’s Spirit here than the Chevalier himself.