2010 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Another great showing from Olivier Bernard. The palate has depth of flavour and a broad expansive volume. This wine is beautifully textured with a finely detailed matte mouthfeel. There is a great deal of substance, delivered with poise, refinement and a sense of restraint. Perfectly judged and pitched.

Critic score
95/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Pessac-Leognan)
2010 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

This is one of my all-time favorite wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants, but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savory, expansively flavored wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing the 2009. An opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex and delicious than I thought from barrel, this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate
95/100