Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru Pessac-Leognan 2010

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96pts & Wine of the Year 2013 - James Suckling
James Suckling: "If you've already read My Top 100 New-Release Bordeaux In 2013 and My Bordeaux Wine of the Year, you might expect to see all the same names cropping up here for My Wine Of The Year and its 10 runners-up. The point does need to be stressed that 2010 Bordeaux is a historic vintage, but for one fundamental reason I've decided against raving about my dozen 100 pointers - again price. Even though prices for 2010 Bordeaux have gone down substantially since initial release, a bottle of Latour, Margaux, Petrus or Le Pin will still cost you between US$1,500 and US$4,500.

For My Wine Of The Year, I wanted something accessible to most serious wine consumers. This essentially ruled out anything I scored above 96 points all of which sells for $100 or more. So instead I picked the 2010 Domaine de Chevalier.

Dark fruits such as raspberries and blueberries with subtle perfume on the nose. Full body, with super well-integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Racy young wine. Shows classy structure and richness. Try in 2018." Nov 2013

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "This is one of my all-time favorite wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants, but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savory, expansively flavored wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing the 2009. An opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex and delicious than I thought from barrel, this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more." Feb 2013

Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and closed, this is a wine with so much power and concentration. It also has beautiful fruit, smooth and opulent, that merges into the complex tannins and brooding, dark structure. It will take many years for this wine to open up." May 2013

Winery: Domaine de Chevalier dates back to the eighteenth century. However, it was nearly a century before this famous Graves property acquired acclaim. It was at this point that the Ricard family became owner of Domaine de Chevalier. This family of manufactured barrels and already owned Chateau Malartic-Brion. In 1950 the vineyards produced Domaine de Chevalier's greatest vintage. Alas, the Ricard family was forced to sell his property to Olivier Bernard in 1983. Thanks to Bernard the property has undergone a gradual expansion which began in 1984which included two stages of architectural renovation in 1984 and 1991. Domaine de Chevalier has technical equipment at the cutting edge and unique vats which combine modernism, aesthetics and functionality. Today the Domaine de Chevalier has nearly forty acres of vineyards nestled among the pines in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. This Cru Graves, in red and white, still belongs to Olivier Bernard, who hired St€phane Derenoncourt in 2004 as consultant oenologist. From their collaboration, the wines have gained finesse, balance and aging potential. Besides its red and white wines, Domaine de Chevalier produces a second white and red wine called l'Esprit de Chevalier.

Bottle: 750ml, cork
Varietal: 13.5% 
Alcohol: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5%
Petit Verdot 
Region: Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France

Wine of the Year

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