2020 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Domaine de Chevalier is one of our favourite estates in Bordeaux. Just the name Domaine rather than Château gives a sense of the style here, and the 2020 has wonderfully elegant fruit, silky tannins, and a long and savoury finish. It's a lovely Pessac: one that will give great pleasure over the years to come.

Critic score
95.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£59.68
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£358.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    27% Merlot
    5% Petit Verdot
    3% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2049
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13%
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Pessac-Leognan)
2020 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

Iron, black mushroom and dark berry with some burnt orange peel. Flowers, too. It’s full-bodied with round tannins that turn linear and tight at the end. Excellent energy. Brightness and purity.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
96—97/100

The 2020 Domaine de Chevalier, which was cropped at 38hl/ha, is deep purple with glints of blue. The bouquet is very clean, precise and focused, not dissimilar to the impressive Malartic Lagravière that I tasted alongside, touches of wet granite and truffle emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This Domaine de Chevalier has a deeply impressive structure counterbalanced by equally impressive freshness and elegance, fanning out wonderfully on the finish, which is very persistent. Just a shade off the outstanding 2019... perhaps.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(93—95)/100

Concentrated ruby red colour, a little subdued on the nose, built with structure and power, concentrated and should age well. Classical, powerful, not exuberant, an impressive Chevalier that has tannins and fruit and freshness, nothing shouting too loud. As it opens, you see a peony floral edge that is very attractive. Easily among the best in Pessac. A yield of 38hl/ha.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
95/100

Cask sample. Perfumed nose with violet and milk chocolate. Beautifully expressive and open-knit, with excellent fruit purity and smartly integrated oak spice. Yum yum, this gets the balance spot on – firm but approachable tannins, savoury but not austere fruit, lots of potential but tempting to drink now.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
17.5/20
Domaine de Chevalier

The unusually named Domaine de Chevalier, an estate that sounds more at home in Burgundy than Bordeaux, makes some of the most important red and white wines in Pessac-Léognan. The vineyards sit on gentle slopes within a forest clearing and are carefully managed using biodynamic farming methods. Each vintage, the grapes are meticulously hand-harvested, and the attention to detail is so exacting that they are individually sorted prior to leaving the vineyard. Those that are not deemed good enough remain on the ground. There are 45 hectares under vine, 40 hectares of which are devoted to the red varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The remaining 5 hectares grow predominantly Sauvignon Blanc for their white Bordeaux blend with the rest made up of Sémillon. The estate is owned by the Bernard family with consulting oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt helping to continue the estate's excellent reputation.

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