Bordeaux 2017 - Domaine de Chevalier Rouge and Blanc

Bordeaux 2017 - Domaine de Chevalier Rouge and Blanc
Olivier Bernard is a busy man. He’s been the President of the Union des Grand Crus since 2012 and manages no fewer than six Bordeaux chateaux, but still finds time to greet his guests with his customary hospitality, and most importantly, produce spellbinding wines from Domaine de Chevalier.

It will be this ‘jewel in the crown’ of his family’s portfolio that he will always be synonymous with. When he assumed control in 1983 it is fair to say that the vineyards were not in the best of health. A hugely ambitious replanting process was required, and he was the man with the foresight and patience to restore this great estate back to its glory days. Since 2005, we can affirm that the mission has been accomplished. The vines he planted are in their prime and regularly produce sensational wines. We adored the style of the 2017 rouge – it was measured and beautifully pitched. We had felt that the 2016 was perhaps a little supercharged – this is a return to the grace and charm we associate with Domaine de Chevalier. It is tightly coiled, but with aeration reveals layers of Cabernet dominated fruit and effortless yet gripping tannins.

“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier opens with a cedary waft giving way to a good core of crushed black currants, blackberries and mulberries with suggestions of black truffles, tilled soil and black olives plus a hint of smoked meats. Medium-bodied with a good, solid frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is elegantly fruited yet well sustained on the mid-palate and long finish. 93-95+/100". - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

We were also really impressed by the curvaceous and stylish Domaine de Chevalier Blanc. If you are looking for a really smart Bordeaux Blanc, this is a strong contender.

“The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is fabulous, but it is also going to need a number of years to be at its very best. Powerful and dense in the glass, the 2017 offers terrific brightness and cut, all backed up with serious structure. Smoke, melon, orchard fruit and mint are some of the many notes that develop as this gorgeous wine shows off its personality. Quite simply, the 2017 has class to burn, but readers will have to be patient. Tasted three times. 92-95/100". - Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com