Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Grand Cru Classé Pessac Léognan, 2009

  Domaine de Chevalier

£670.00 for 12x75cl
1 cs
 
£675.00 for 12x75cl
1 cs
 

Olivier Bernard's 2009 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge was the highlight of the Pessac Leognan UGC tasting. Olivier is one of a select group of proprietors including Bernard Magrez, Daniel and Florence Cathiard and Veronique Saunders who are raising the profile of Graves. The 2009 is a fabulously lifted, vibrant wine, which oozes class and sophistication. The bouquet is packed with ripe exotic notes, wild summer berries, fruits of the forest and freshly cut herbs. It possesses splendid texture and a wonderful fruit core with long, pure flavours of gloriously ripe fruit. This is an utterly delicious, regal Domaine de Chevalier that bucks the trend for massive tasting wines and charms with a brightness, intensity and charm rather than dropping a fruit bomb on one's palate. A most refined and elegant Pessac.

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 | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.