DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Grand Cru Classé de Graves


Deep and intense color
Generous and fresh nose of ripe fruits. Red and black berries mixed with lightly peppery spices. Presence of mineral. Menthol and liquorice.
Immediate fruit and freshness on the palate. Full bodied wine with structuring ripe and supple tannins without hiding finesse and complexity. Nice acidity gives tension and freshness.
Very long class finish.

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29 May 2015
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2012 (B & D) : 17

Nez plus crémeux et lactique, tannin velouté, mondain, finesse évidente, vinification moderne et attentive, bonne suite en bouche, séducteur.

29 May 2015
Decanter _Domaine de Chevalier, rouge 2012 : 17.5/20 (91/100)

Velvety black-red, impressive concentration of ripe, slightly leafy fruit, good depth and clarity, slight green 17.5/20pts ( 91/100pts)
Drink : 2016 – 2030 - Taster : Steven Spurrier

1 June 2015

Parmi les réussites exceptionnelles...
C’est l’un, si ce n’est le plus beau rouge dégusté dans les Graves ! Il forme l’expression la plus classique et vibrante d’un cabernet-sauvignon (65%) de tout premier ordre, rehaussé de 30 % de merlot et de 5 % de petit verdot. Son expression aromatique est légèrement fumée et d’une grande concentration de fruit, sa bouche soyeuse, d’une remarquable expression de tanins. Il ne présente aucun stigmate des difficultés de l’année. Voilà un cru qui ne s’est pas laissé aller dans la difficulté du millésime. Bravo ! Ph. M.

1 June 2015
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2012 (R. P. Jr) : 92 + #218
April 2015

Very floral and elegant with raspberry and blackcurrant fruit mixed with toasty oak/vanillin, followed by a medium to full-bodied, stylish, polished wine that is the quintessentially refined style of Pessac-Léognan. Nevertheless, the complexity and nuance has yet to fully emerge. This medium to full-bodied Domaine de Chevalier is poised for a bright future. It is tight and backward now, as well as restrained aromatically, but everything is there for the future. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 30 years.
Drink 2020-2050

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2012 : 94 (J. Suckling)

February 11th, 2015

Extremely complex with cinnamon, dried fruits and dried flowers. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a silky, polished finish. Very impressive. Better in 2018 but very beautiful already. Score 94

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2012 : 92 (W. Spect.)

This sports lovely, enticing plum sauce, melted black licorice, blackberry pâte de fruit and cherry compote notes, along with fruitcake and graphite accents that fill in the background. The solid structure is fully absorbed into the fruit, and this should cellar well. A solid effort for the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2025. 8,333 cases made. Score : 92 –JM
Issue Mar 31, 2015

8 July 2015
2012 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan (Jeannie Cho Lee) : 91

A polished, supple red with velvety tannins and a wonderful array of flavours – plums, blackberries and sweet spices. There is good depth here with tannins that are round, supple and ripe. (91)

8 July 2015
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER ROUGE 2012 Barrel sample (R.V.) : 93-95

Review : 93–95. Barrel sample. Firm, wood-aged character shows strongly here. The wine is dense and very firm, with a dark feel of extraction, but the juicy fruitiness underneath shows enormous potential. - Roger Voss Rating : 94

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier 2012 (J. Robinson) : 16,5 ++

23 Oct. 2014
Glowing dark crimson. The most complex nose of all 2012 Pessacs, with the exception of the Haut-Brion stable. Pretty muscular and a little obviously chewy on the end for the moment but confidently presenting a wine whose charms do not depend on ripeness but on terroir. Appetising. 16.5 ++ J.R.

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier (BBR) : 17/20

This is one of my top five ‘must haves’ this year…again ! I have bought it for my own cellar every year since 2004. It’s just heavenly and you know, because Olivier Bernard is a pragmatic realist, that it is going to be priced at a level where we can all indulge ourselves a little. It is multi-layered, sophisticated but still generous. Pure yet decadent, it has such silky tannins that you have to go digging about in the glass to find any at all. It also has the honour of having the longest finish of any wine we tasted during the en primeur tasting week. This is an outstanding wine from 2012. Drink 2018-2035. Simon Staples, Asia Director

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier rouge : 92-94 (N.M.)

Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The Domaine de Chevalier has a lovely understated, very pure, quite feminine bouquet with seamlessly integrated oak that neatly encases the blackberry and blueberry fruit. There is a floral note that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. There is a real backbone to this Pessac-Leognan, although the structured is disguised behind layers of velvety tannins. Gorgeous – but it deserves several years in the cellar. Tasted April 2013.
Rating 92-94
Wine Journal
May 2013

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier rouge (P. K) : 90-92

Morning dew, flowery aromatics. Good sap on the mid palate and some raw tannin for the moment which time in barrel will likely resolve. Tasted at the chateau and also encountered some noticeable tannin but there is fine depth here, too. Potential for upswing once in bottle.

8 July 2015
Domaine de Chevalier rouge 2012 ( Figaro - B. B.) : 4,5 / 5

La note de dégustation de Bernard Burtschy :
4.5 / 5 Dégusté en 2013
Un Chevalier d’une grande élégance avec des tannins fins, il possède un vrai cachet, il n’est pas très puissant mais très raffiné.