DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Grand Cru Classé de Graves


Brilliant pale gold.
Intense nose of fresh citrus fruit, white peach and exotic fruit. Gravely soil notes are also very present with menthol and flinty flavors.
On the palate very pure and straight wine showing a great and unctuous richness perfectly balanced by fruit and soil acidity. Feeling of sweetness traducing perfect ripeness of the fruit. Very long finish.
Precise and balanced wine with concentration and very high class style.
Authentic wine.

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


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12 June 2015
Domaine de Chevalier blanc 2012 (R. Parker) : 93 + #218
Apr 2015
93+ A beautifully elegant and complex wine, with subtle notions of citrus, honeysuckle and tropical fruits, this medium-bodied, fresh, super-pure 2012 from Domaine de Chevalier should drink well for 30 or more years. The color is light straw with a greenish hue to it.

12 December 2013
Domaine de Chevalier white 2012 (J. S.) : 95

This is very tender and pretty with very fine elements. Dried lemons, minerals and lilac as well as character of oyster shell and iodine. Full body, yet refined and long. You normally see this sort complex character in reds from Pessac-Leognan. Fascinating young white. 95
November 14th, 2013

5 June 2013
Domaine de Chevalier blanc, primeur 2012 (RVF) : 18-19/20

Moins 10 % de sauvignon, plus 10 % de sémillon sont les deux principales nuances de ce blanc, "reflétant les équilibres de maturité du millésime", précise Rémi Edange, le directeur adjoint. Finesse de fruit, touches de menthol, boisé remarquablement intégré font de ce vin cristallin, l’une des révélations 2012. Ph.M

5 June 2014
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER WHITE 2012 (Wine Spectator): 93

There’s serious depth to the shortbread, lemon curd, creamed yellow apple and melon notes, all inlaid with mouthwatering savory and thyme flavors. The long, powerful finish has plenty of buried mouth-watering acidity. This should age well. Best from 2015 through 2020. –JM
Issue Apr 30, 2014

5 June 2013
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC 2012 Barrel sample : 93-95 (Wine Enthusiast)

Review : 93–95. Barrel sample. Complex, rounded and full bodied, this wine is still reticent at the moment, hiding its rich fruit. As it develops, this will be impressive, with its mineral texture over apricot fruits and layers of spice and wood. - R.V. Rating : 94

5 June 2013

Sweet and rather oily start. Lots of weight. Could only be Pessac-Léognan – tant mieux ! Big and beefy but not sweet. I admire this style – for food. Long, with an admirably dry finish. 17

5 June 2013
Domaine de Chevalier White 2012 (Decanter) : 18/20

Silver-pale, deceptively restrained white flowers nose reveals white peaches and an elegant persistency and purity of mineral-backed fruit that will be astounding over its long future. 18/20pts (93/100pts) Drink : 2014 – 2030 - Taster : Steven Spurrier

5 June 2013
2012 Domaine de Chevalier blanc (N. M.) : 94-96

Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has a reserved, stony nose that you have to be patient with – give it a few minutes and there are some subtle undergrowth scents that begin to emerge, hints of orange blossom and dried apricot. The palate is well balanced with a delicate touch of spice on the entry. This is very focused with good weight and it displays wonderful tension on the finish that offers a Burgundy-like texture. Wonderful. 94-96 Tasted April 2013.

12 June 2013

There is a qualitative similarity between 2012 and 2011 for the dry white wines of the Graves, high praise indeed given the undoubted quality of the latter. However the summer of 2012 was hotter and drier, giving what Remi Edange at Domaine de Chevalier called a "pulpeux" quality to the wines. That is to say a fleshy and juicy character. This 2012 white is very impressive with a bright firm fruit showing citrus and stoney flavours in equal measure. As usual as 70/30 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this is sure to be an outstanding wine once it has finished its maturation in oak. 16/20

Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Buying Directo

12 August 2014
Domaine de Chevalier 2012 (barrel sample) (I. L.) 94p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2014. Fine aromatic nose of apple and acacia, lush palate with excellent acidity, fine balance, smooth aftertaste. Great complexity and sophisticated touch. Stunning wine for the vintage.