2019 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan £495 IB per dozenThursday, June 4
At just £247.50 for six bottles, the release of 2019 Domaine de Chevalier this morning is further evidence a growing trend, priced 25% below the 2018...in line with several other key releases over the last few days.
We can't say if others will follow suit, but we do know that Domaine de Chevalier has been improving in quality for a number of years and we think it relatively under-valued. Perhaps the Pessac-Leognan appellation has something to do with this, with even experienced en primeur buyers being unclear as to exactly what this appellation offers.
For us, Pessac reds are characterised by some of the best, most expressive Cabernet Sauvignon fruit to be found in Bordeaux, with an underlying minerality, both due in part to the underlying gravel soils which give the Graves region its name. It is also the warmest region in Bordeaux, with a microclimate influenced by the closeness of the city. Visiting Haut-Brion, it's startling to see the urban sprawl which surrounds the Château. Domaine de Chevalier itself is in a rather more charming location, with 45 hectares of vines located in the middle of a forest.
These conditions can make for particularly luxurious, textured reds which have something in common with burgundy from the Côte de Nuits. Owner Oliver Bernard expresses an intention not to extract fruit at any cost, but to make balanced, elegant wines. We have observed this texture and intense purity of fruit growing in stature over recent vintages (also at fellow Pessac estate Haut-Bailly) and we are once again confident to 'buy blind'. Do consider adding this superb, complex wine to your cellar.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan
"The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier was harvested between 23 September and 12 October, underwent a triple sorting and a 30 day maceration before maturation in 35% new oak. It needs gentle coaxing in the glass, eventually offering broody blackberry, sous-bois, cedar and light brine scents that are certainly more cerebral than some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied on the entry with crisp tannins, slightly chalky in texture, fresh and mineral. It is very complex towards the finish with blackberry, sea salt and mineral notes, completing an intellectual Domaine de Chevalier with long ageing potential. 94-96 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"A lovely Chevalier, with rich tannins, juicy cassis and bilberry fruit, sage and pepper spice and a slate finish. Similar in style to warm but well-built years like 2000. Not the power of 2016 but this is an excellent wine, with lots to enjoy. Harvest finished October 12. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
"The chocolate, walnut, dark-fruit and stone character is attractive. It’s full-bodied and very tight and linear with chewy yet polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Lots of intensity and complexity here, as always.
96-97 Points." James Suckling