2005 - Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2009 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2009 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,040.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 93-95+

    Beautifully pure with superb and delicate flavours of ripe white peach and minerals. It is undoutedly moreish yet utterly light which ends on a light caramel finish that is full and long. Produced from 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon and fermented in 30% new oak barrels. Drink 2009-2025+.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 95

    Domaine de Chevalier’s fabulous 2005 white offers terrific acidity, body, and texture as well as high acidity, which suggests this wine should enjoy an incredibly long life. I recently had the 1985 at a charity dinner, and it is still remarkably youthful. The 2005 may last just as long, if not longer. Hints of figs, licorice, honeysuckle, and lemon oil are accompanied by a concentrated, dry, nearly austere wine, but there is so much going on, that it should be prodigious with another decade of cellaring. It will last for 30-40+ years. Drink: 2018 - 2048.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 92+

    2005 is an excellent vintage possessing high acidity as well as impressive levels of weight, richness, and texture.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 91-93

    Another excellent vintage for Bordeaux's dry whites, which tend to be vastly underrated and exceptionally long-lived (30-40 years in some cases). The 2005s possess crisp acidity as well as serious weight, richness, and texture. Space constraints did not allow full tasting notes, but this is one of the top 2005 dry white Bordeaux wines.

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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.