2010 - Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2015 - 2025
Case size
6x75cl
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2010 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2015 - 2025
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £484.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2011,
    Score: 93-95

    Very attractive pure aromas of limes and citrus fruits. This has a fantastically intense palate, with great weight and freshness. A very classy Chevalier which will be ready to drink at an irresistibly young age. DR

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2013,
    Score: 94+

    A beautiful 1,000-case blend of 83% Semillon and the rest Sauvignon Blanc from the owners of La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion, this beauty exhibits oodles of marmalade, honeysuckle, caramelized melons and candle wax in a medium-bodied, authoritative style. Drink it over the next decade or more.Drink: 2020-2050

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2011,
    Score: 92-94+

    Composed of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon, and in need of 8-10 years of cellaring, this is one of the most backward dry whites of the vintage with unbelievable minerality and personality.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2011,
    Score: 99-100

    This is a remarkable wine with a density of fruit that reminds me of a Montrachet from a great vintage. it's full bodied, dense and rich -- almost oily -- but then it turns bright and fresh witha powerful backbone of acidity. A marvel.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2011,
    Score: 18.5

    Quite discreet but supremely elegant white florality and fruit, great persistence and harmony, a beautiful wine, hard to imagine a better Domaine de Chevalier white. Drink 2014-25

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2011,
    Score: 17.5+

    Much more restrained and subtle than the dry white from its new sister property Lespault-Martillac. Tense and long lived with great electricity. Still very astringent and taut with some exotic aromas on the nose and then a certain green grassiness on the palate. Still extremely youthful. May well last longer than I suggest. Tasted both open and blind. Drink 2016-2030

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2011,
    Score: 91-94

    Very pure, with a stony frame to the straw, verbena and gooseberry notes. Superfresh, but not overly tangy, with a long, suave finish. -J.M.

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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.