2004 - Domaine de Chevalier Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2010 - 2020
Case size
6x75cl
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2004 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2010 - 2020
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £436.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2005,
    Score: -

    The input of winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt has undoubtedly added a slightly modern feel to this famous property's wines. However it is also clearly a wine that will age effortlessly for many years. Jancis Robinson refers to " Rather splendid panoply of black fruits on the nose", and like us James Suckling suspects that it may be better than the 2003. Highly recommended. Drink 2010-2020

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2007,
    Score: 90

    Thankfully, this estate appears to have scaled down their use of new oak as the wood component is much more subtle than in previous vintages. The classic southern Graves version of elegance, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier exhibits aromas of lead pencil shavings, sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, cedar, spice, and subtle smoke. Medium-bodied with outstanding purity, richness, and texture, this soft, round beauty is ideal for drinking over the next 15+ years. Drink 2007-2022

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2006,
    Score: 90-92

    A strong effort from consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a classic Graves revealing a deep ruby/purple color, smoky, scorched earth, and graphite-like notes, and copious quantities of black currant and sweet cherry fruit. This heady, medium-bodied, elegant claret possesses the potential to develop into an exceptionally complex wine. It represents pure finesse married with impressive substance and texture. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
    Score: 17

    Rather splendid panoply of black fruits on the nose. Good lift, noticeable acidity and relatively light tannins. A wine that is not at all forced. Rather ‘feminine' build. Will never make headlinesbut should be a pleasure to drink. Drink 2009-2016

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Producer

Domaine de Chevalier

Known for its exquisite Graves finesse, this property has been owned by Olivier Bernard since 1983. Consulting oenologist, Stéphane Dérononcourt was hired some years back which has contributed to the fresh and clean style. Meticulous parcel selection enables their grand vin to be the best representation of their impressive terroir.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.