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Domaine de Chevalier 2021

Domaine de Chevalier 2021

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Review by Robert Parker
ParkerParker94-96/100
J. RobinsonJ. Robinson17+/20
DecanterDecanter95/100
Bettane & DesseauveBettane & Desseauve95-96/100
Wine SpectatorWine Spectator92/100
J. SucklingJ. Suckling98/100
Vinous - A. GalloniVinous - A. Galloni96/100
Vinous Neal MartinVinous Neal Martin95/100

Description

The freshness and aromatic purity of a fine white wine from Pessac-Léognan

The estate

Owned by the Bernard family since 1983, the magnificent Domaine de Chevalier is one of the greatest Classified Growths of Bordeaux. This iconic estate of the Pessac-Léognan appellation is located in a verdant setting south of Bordeaux.

The vineyard

Domaine de Chevalier reigns over a rare vineyard that comprises 7 hectares of white vines, currently converting to organic farming practices. A true mosaic of terroirs, the Domaine de Chevalier vineyard is planted on soils of black sand and fine white gravel, resting on a well drained gravelly-clayey subsoil and gives rise to fine Pessac-Léognan wines.

The vintage

Marked by 7 episodes of frost between April 3rd and May 3rd, which had an impact on the vineyard, 2021 was also marked by heavy rainfall from May to June, leading to a significant mildew pressure in July, particularly on the Merlot grapes. The very mild conditions in September and October were ideal for refining the ripening process until the harvest. The grapes harvested showcased a high quality, notably regarding their powerful expression, aromatic intensity and their freshness.

Vinification and ageing

The grapes are harvested by hand in small crates, with 3 to 5 sortings in order to keep only the finest Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. The grapes are then slowly pressed for 3 hours. The settling and alcoholic fermentation are carried out in barrels. Lastly, the wine is aged for 18 months in barrels (35% new) with stirring of the lees.

The blend

Sauvignon Blanc (75%)

Sémillon (25%).

Domaine de Chevalier 2021 white wine: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

Colour

Bright, pale gold colour with almond green highlights.

Nose

Pure and fresh, the nose offers an alluringly lively, refined and complex expression. Racy and seductive, the bouquet blends fruity (vine peach) and floral (hawthorn, lime blossom, acacia flower) fragrances with notes of citrus zest and also a saline (quartz, gunflint) expression, a typical feature of gravelly soils.

Palate

Elegant and balanced, the palate harmoniously blends density and delicacy with a silky feel. Freshness and a beautiful aromatic purity lead to a refined and persistent finish.

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