Eating oysters with a glass of Domaine de Chevalier Blanc in one's hand, looking out over the manicured vines with warm spring sunshine beaming down, makes one feel very privileged to work in the wine trade.
Olivier Bernard is one of the most hospitable and charming Bordelaise you could imagine. He is affable, good humoured, and produces one of the best lunches in Aquitaine. He is also an astute, hardworking, driven man who has transformed the fortunes of Domaine de Chevalier.
We have watched the wines steadily improving over the years. After an extensive program of replanting undertaken by Olivier in the 1980s, the new vines are producing fruit of exceptional quality. We have recently enjoyed bottles of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. All display a consistent quality that really is most impressive. But the wine that really sticks out from our recent tastings is the magnificent 2009. One can't help but be seduced by the voluptuous lines, noble flavours and massive amount of charm. It is without question, the most decadent and most accomplished Domaine de Chevalier we have tasted from Olivier Bernard's era. One could quite easily drink this now, such is its allure, but we feel that further cellaring is warranted. If you are looking for an utterly delicious Bordeaux to see you through the next 25 years, we recommend you extend your cellar and fill it with this beauty. And for a limited time only, we will be offering the 2009 at £480 per case if you buy two or more cases.
'In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years. 95/100'. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199
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