A glorious, huge step up from an already good Esprit, real poise and grace on the nose, salty nectarines, lemon zest, yellow grapefruit, really pure and refined. On the palate seriously long deft flavours of lemon pith, crushed rocks, lime juice flood the senses, powerful long and pure. Superb stuff from Olivier Bernard and one of the top whites of the vintage.
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.