2015 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Domaine de Chevalier has performed really well again in 2015. The nose is expressive, with sweet oak spice offering support to the pure fruit. The palate is just as impressive, with well-balanced and complex fruit, and a classic Pessac matte texture. This is a really good wine, and is like to once again prove a smart buy.

Critic score
94.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
Report
1 available
£59.30
Bottle
From a client
Report
6 available
£59.30

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    30% Merlot
    5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2038
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Pessac-Leognan)
2015 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

Great tension and subtlety. Extremely savoury - almost salty - with freshness and ripeness. Not one of the deepest colours. Lovely appetising low-key classicism. Bravissimo à tous!

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
18/20
Decanter (April 2016)
95/100

The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is one of the most striking wines of the year. Weightless, powerful and intense, the 2015 possesses crystalline delineation and precision from the very first taste. Bright red stone fruit, pomegranate, chalk and mint are some of the signatures. In the last of my four tastings, the Domaine de Chevalier showed tremendous richness and intensity as well. It will be interesting to see where the 2015 ends up. The future certainly looks bright. In 2015 the blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine will see around 35% new oak. Stéphane Dernonourt and his team consult on the red. Tasted four times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
93—96/100

The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 23 September until 15 October at just 35 hl/ha, matured in 35% new oak. It has a sophisticated bouquet that is more reserved than its peers. It possesses one of the most precise, detailed aromatic profiles that I have encountered from this estate, wonderfully poised with black fruit, incense and cold stone. It has wonderful focus and class. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, very complex with lightly peppered black fruit. What marks this Domaine de Chevalier is the reserve and precision on the finish, a wine that is holding something back for its secondary evolution, a salinity that beckons you back for another sip. What a fabulous, intellectual wine from Olivier Bernard. Expect four decades of drinking pleasure - probably more - given my experience of ancient vintages. Tasted three times with consistent notes.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April 2016)
95—97/100

This shows class and finesse with ultra-fine tannins and succulent fruit. Full body yet elegant and long. Gorgeous wine. Such length. Vibrant and focused.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
96—97/100