Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, PESSAC-LÉOGNAN, Grand Cru Classé des Graves

$98 ex. GST
$112.70 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $126.39

Last Year EP $122.00-

This much respected property in Pessac-Léognan is run with great care by Olivier Bernard whose family took it over from Claude Ricard in 1983. Without doubt, the best vintages of Chevalier are the most recent ones. Domaine de Chevalier performs brilliantly every year now.
The 2023 is Olivier Bernard's 41st vintage at Chevalier.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% each Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

The 2023 Domaine de Chevalier is quintessential "DdC" on the nose: black fruit, sous-bois and hints of black olive at first, subtle marine notes emerging with time in the glass. There's wonderful focus and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with pencil-shaving-tinged black fruit on the entry. Perhaps a bit grippier with more spine than one would expect (especially following the more sensual 2022), this is very traditional in style, with a tremendously long and satisfying saline finish. Superb.
94-96 Neal Martin.

Plenty of blackberry, blackcurrant, chocolate and flint aromas that follow through to a full body, yet it's in check and focused with a beautiful framing of fine tannins. The purity of ripe fruit is impressive with cabernet really showing through.
97-98 James Suckling

The 2023 Domaine de Chevalier is beautifully resonant in the glass. Deep, layered and quite persistent, the 2023 has so much to offer. In many vintages, this red needs time to be at its best, but this edition has enough forward fruit to make me think it will drink well with minimal cellaring, even if the acids remain brisk. Graphite, dried herbs, menthol, liquorice and rose petal build into the tense, saline-infused finish. The 2023 is all finesse. 2030-2063
94-96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

Always one of the benchmark wines of a vintage, and here showcasing the quality of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2023 (as well as the potential for varying yields, as they are down at 30hl/h here). Well balanced, great depth of ink, cassis, bilberry and damson fruits, rises through the palate, with tannic grip and plenty of grilled but carefully judged oak. A great Chevalier, not perhaps at the very top of recent vintages here, but one that will give huge amounts of pleasure, and captures the great classicism of the year.
95 Jane Anson.

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