Olivier Bernard has been ratcheting up the quality at Domaine de Chevalier. It has been a long term project which has come to fruition over the last decade. The wines are quite excellent and thoroughly warrant the praise they receive from Robert Parker and other critics. A sumptuous bouquet of liqueur chocolates, damsons, stones, eucalyptus and caramelised steak. There is plenty of concentration and a broad palate of dark fruit. This is authentic, long, seductive, polished, and svelte with gorgeous texture. Another excellent Domaine de Chevalier. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
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.
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.