DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Grand Cru Classé de Graves


Robert Parker: 92-94 "One of the finest wines made at this estate over the last three decades".

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The technical sheet and the vintage, described by Domaine de Chevalier


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30 April 2009
Robert PARKER, CHEVALIER Rouge 2008: 92-94

One of the finest wines made at this estate over the last three decades, Domaine de Chevalier’s 2008 (60%cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and cabernet franc) achieved 13 % natural alcohol. It was cropped at 45 hl per ha, which is significantly lower than in most top vintages. The most noticeable thing is that consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt has drastically cut back the influence of new oak, or at leasts its ability to intrude on the aromatics and flavours. This beautifully textured, dense purple-colored 2008 exhibits notes of graphite, spring flowers, and blue as well as red fruits in an elegant, full-bodied, flavourful, layered mouthfeel. The freshness of the vintage, combined with low yields has given this cuvee an atypical density and richness that is largely unprecedented. Production is relatively small for the size of the vineyard (about 8,000 cases).
This beauty should drink well for 25+ years.

6 April 2009
WINE SPECTATOR. Rouge 2008 : 90-93

Score 90-93
Very perfumed, with sweet tobacco and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Racy and beautiful. Very fine. J.S.

20 April 2009
Jancis Robinson Note : 17-plus-

Domaine de Chevalier 2008 Rouge : 17 + Drink 2014-20

Very dark purple indeed. Attractive savour and life on the nose but a little bit green on the palate. Round but marked by acidity and less than opulent tannins but very polished and savoury. A bit too muscular ? Fades on the finish. A little more flashy than previous vintages of Domaine de Chevalier than I remember. But it grew in the glass.

16 April 2009
DECANTER, Chevalier Primeur 2008 rouge: 17.5


Black-purple-red, lovely purity of black fruits on the nose, touch of smoky complexity, fine fragrance of roses fruit on the palate, perfect balance, deceptively easy due to the purity of the fruit, a lovely wine. Drink 2014-25. (17.5 points)

22 April 2009
Izak LITWAR, Chevalier Rouge: 91-93
20 April 2009
Neil MARTIN, Chevalier 2008 Rouge: 90-92

2008 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge (90-92)

This is a little reticent on the nose, blackberry, liquorices and a touch of tar. Nice definition but very tight. The palate is full-bodied with ripe toasty tannins, nicely balanced and very good weight. Well defined with blackberry, pain grille and a touch of liquorices (a very light touch). Classy stuff - just a little dryness on the finish. Tasted April 2009.

11 May 2009
THE WINE DOCTOR : 17-18 Plus/20

"Sweet and smoky dark fruits, with a properly sweet sense to the fruit character. A textured palate, with good substance, and sweet plum and blackberry fruit. Balanced. A lovely ripe extract, good backbone, overall a fine and harmonious wine"