2016 - Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Domaine de Chevalier
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Drinking
2019 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
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2016 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 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £484.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2017,
    Score: 94-96

    Olivier Bernard’s brilliant estate never fails to impress with its white wine. Extraordinarily intense citrus fruits on the nose. The palate starts with huge drive, bite and freshness which then evolves into a mouth-coating richness. Beautifully layered with hints of fresh pineapple and grapefruit. Incredibly long and simply delicious. DR

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2017,
    Score: 90-92

    The Domaine de Chevalier 2016 Blanc has a somewhat delicate, nuanced bouquet this year, one that demanded gentle coaxing from the glass. It reveals delineated aromas of green apple, gooseberry and kiwi fruit, flintiness tucked just behind. The palate is well balanced and slightly Burgundy-like on the entry (strangely, not unlike a Nuits-Saint-Georges Blanc!). It opens nicely in the glass but never looses its head. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and fine delineation, with pretty lemongrass and shaved ginger notes judiciously sprinkled over the finish. It is a Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that I would be inclined to consume in its youth rather than cellar, but hey, you never know the longevity of these wines; they can always surprise you. Drink Date 2019 - 2029

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2017,
    Score: 89-92

    Domaine de Chevalier's 2016 Blanc is unusually soft and silky, words I can't believe I’m writing about a young vintage of this reference-point white. Creamy, ample and inviting, the 2016 should drink well pretty much right out of the gate. These wines have a track record of aging for decades; I imagine the 2016 might have a slightly shorter life than other recent vintages, but not by much. The only thing missing is the delineation and explosive energy that, in the best vintages, makes the Blanc one of the world's most distinctive and pedigreed whites.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2017,
    Score: 94

    This is clearly one of the more impressive whites on display here. They have teased out a sense of verticality, and you can feel the walls and scrape the flesh of the citrus. If it wasn't for the heights that we know Domaine de Chevalier can ascend to, you would be sighing over the structure of this wine. White peach and rich pear are seasoned with beautiful spicing, but it just lacks the grip and drama of the best vintages.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
    Score: 17+

    Powerful and oaky, this is a structured wine with some considerable muscle and it is quite hard to see any tenderness within. It will take a while to soften.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2017,
    Score: 17++

    Light and so discreet one can understand why it never shows well in blind tastings. Edge of green. Succulent but so dry and low key… Wait a decade at least and it should please enormously… Drink 2030-2050

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, April 2017,
    Score: 93

    One of the tighter, more focused Pessac-Léognan whites in 2016, this is smoky, concentrated and almost coiled on the tongue, with plenty of toasty oak, pithy acidity and considerable underlying concentration. 2019-28

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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.