2015 - Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
05B5DOMC6PK _ 2015 - Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 6x75cl
Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2019 - 2026
Case size
6x75cl
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2015 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC GRAND CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2019 - 2026
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £436.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 94-96

    A great example of the freshness and generosity of the best 2015 whites. Its excellent acidity gives the palate a zingy drive. A creamy texture sits beneath juicy white peach with a twist of citrus, which flows to a mouth-watering finish. This wine promises to be dangerously moreish from an early age.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2016,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, which is matured in around 40% new oak, has a refined bouquet with gooseberry, lime, almond and grapefruit aromas, the oak neatly interwoven, gradually unfolding in the glass yet remaining focused. The palate has an almost flinty opening, very edgy but not shrill, a tensile and linear Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that is driven by the acidity, touches of crustacea coming through on the energetic finish. There is a twist of sour lemon and chalk popping up on the aftertaste. This is a great, intellectual, comparatively more reserved white from Olivier Bernard.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 97-98

    Incredible depth of fruit and density. Full and powerful with so much fruit and richness yet remains fresh and clean. Purity. Massive yet vibrant and electric. Minerality length. Love the to taste this.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 95

    Clearly working in a reductive environment during ageing, emphasising a lovely sense of precision. Mouthwatering, watermelon juiciness, with round citrus underneath. A clear seam of freshness that runs through, and the palate is on an upward trajectory from start to finish with a slow build of wet stones. Yet another superb vintage that proves this is one of the very best white wines in Bordeaux.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 17.5

    Smooth, honed, well-knit and classy this is already looking like a nice with and the texture is delicious. I am slightly surprised that this wine seems so approachable give its reputation, but I am sure there is enough tension here to allow it to age, too.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 18

    Smoky, stony nose - obviously 'serious'. Very distinctive. Very mineral. Bone dry. Juicy. An absolutely model dry-white-bordeaux-style wine. Oakiness not an issue. All vineyard. Drink 2019-2030

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 93

    Year in year out, this is one of the best dry whites in Bordeaux. Focused and precise, it’s spicy, dense and rich on the palate, with a thread of grapefruity acidity, stylish toasty oak and a creamy texture. There’s a sense of something in reserve here. Drink: 2017-25

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2016,
    Score: 93-96

    A distinctive style, with a rich core of tangerine, peach and Jonagold apple flavors that stretch out through the long finish, picking up salted butter, honeysuckle and mineral accents. Somewhat Burgundian in style, with more than enough stuffing to cellar once bottled.

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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.