Domaine de Chevalier, Grand Cru Classé Pessac Léognan , 2016

  Domaine de Chevalier

Olivier Bernard has transformed Domaine de Chevalier during his tenure. In the early days, an ambitious re-planting program was undertaken, which took many years before the fruits of his labours could be enjoyed. Now the estate is in superb health and it seems that Olivier can turn out a great red and white vintage after vintage. The 2016 feels like it is perhaps trying a little too hard. What we love about Domaine de Chevalier is its charm and vibrancy. This is not La Mission Haut Brion, we don't expect a wildly complex or ethereal Pessac, Domaine de Chevalier is an honest, authentic, broad-shouldered wine that ages tremendously. The 2016 feels like there is more wine-making and the end result appears less cohesive and less convincing. Glossy plums, minerals, cooked meats and herbs. There is admirable black cherry and cassis fruit on the palate, which tails off with cranberries and raspberries. We're sure some critics will love this, but for us it doesn't have the freshness or elegance we expect from a great Domaine de Chevalier. Time will tell.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine de Chevalier

Olivier Bernard's extensive project at Domaine de Chevalier has really come to fruition. After a bold and not to mention expensive re-planting program throughout the `80s and then a decade and a half of patience for the vines to gain maturity, we can really see the benefits. 2005, 2008, 2009 and now 2010 rank amongst the very best wines produced in this sprawling commune. Powerful but graceful, true to their terroir, and just so enjoyable to drink; this has become one of our 'must buy' estates. Olivier's wines offer 'super second' class at relatively affordable prices.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.