2018 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge (Pessac)

65% Cabernet Sauvignon/30% Merlot/5% Petit Verdot. Harvest 18 September-10 October. 16-18 months elevage in barrique (30% new), lees stirring in the first 4 months. In a vintage dominated by dark fruit flavours, I was struck by the bright red berry character to this wine, the moreish freshness. Crisp and mineral, light on its feet, and already very drinkable. (NT 12/04/19)
Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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96 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 17.5+ points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019 94-96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
94-97 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Chris Kissa

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

These guys clearly know what they are doing, and they keep doing it. This wine is consistent even in difficult years but in years like this, where they have the room to manoeuvre, it really shines. This is great stuff, with lovely freshness to the deep fruit flavours. There is persistency and plenty of slate and freshly cut herbs to stack up against the juicy, concentrated fruit. It`s a powerful, well handled and confident wine but doesn`t push too hard. One-third new oak. 96 points

Julia Harding

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; 33% new oak. Black core, cherry rim. Subtle and scented on the nose, even though it looks like a big wine. When I tasted this two days later, it was more open and rich on first impression. Plenty of oak on the nose, as you might expect at this stage. Crushed stones entwined with black, black fruit. Relative to the vintage, this has real tenderness on the palate, the finest of dry tannins and a finish that leaves your mouth clean, as 75% chocolate does. Very impressive. 17.5+ points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot to be aged for approximately 18 months in oak barriques, 35% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Domaine de Chevalier starts a little closed before bounding out of the glass with bold expressions of fresh blackcurrants, kirsch, black raspberries and fragrant earth plus nuances of lilacs, Sichuan pepper and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate maintains elegance and sophistication, with a lovely ripe, finely grained frame and plenty of freshness to back up the floral and black fruit layers, finishing long and perfumed. 94-96+ points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Domaine de Chevalier is magnificent. Bright, lifted and wonderfully nuanced, the 2018 has so much to offer. Olivier Bernard turned out a dazzling Domaine de Chevalier in 2018 that speaks to precision and nuance above all else. Rose petal, mint, savory herbs an d crushed rocks add striking aromatic top notes to this stunning, breathtakingly beautiful wine. The tannins need time to soften, but I doubt readers will be in a rush. The 2018 is simply majestic - that`s all there is to it. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. 94-97 points

Chris Kissack

This is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The alcohol is 13.5%. It has a very sweet nose, of crushed black cherries and pressed damsons, but there are also some floral notes here, of red peonies and rose petals, and it shows a fresh style for the vintage. The palate feels taut, controlled, with a very sinewy and medium-bodied substance, and it rests on a current of grippy tannins which course beneath, finely polished and velvety. That floral elegance comes through here as well, the palate bursting with peony, cherry blossom and rose petal scents, fresh and pure. Rich, broad and rather athletic, with a taut grip in the finish, this clearly has great potential. The élevage will be in barrel, using the traditional system of one-third each new, second-fill and third-fill oak. Tasted twice. 94-96 points

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