Domaine de Chevalier 2003

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

This seductive 2003 possesses a dark garnet color, soft, berry, earthy fruit, ripe tannin and a fully mature style. Consume this medium-bodied, charming red over the next few years. Drink 2014-2019.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

Right Bank consultant Stephane Derenoncourt was brought in as the lead consultant at this noble estate in Pessac-Leognan. As a result, the tannins are sweeter, the oak is more subtle and better integrated, and the wine is more textured and complex. An evolved, complex bouquet of black currants, forest floor, smoked herbs, and sweet cherries as well as currants emerges from the 2003. It displays supple tannin, medium to full body, beautiful purity, and a classic, elegant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2019.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

A soft, open-knit, evolved, sexy style of Domaine de Chevalier.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Intense aromas of blackberry, cherry, tobacco and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful finish of ripe fruit and light earth. Very balanced and refined. Delicious already. Best after 2010. 7,500 cases made.

Score: 90James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Score: 85/88James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Quite a pale rim already. Very light nose. Soft and round and sweet. Lightly drying tannins on the end actually add some welcome punctuation. (Average group score: 14.9)

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010

Some evolution evident. Rather subdued but distinctive. A grown-up wine with some similarities to the Médoc. Certainly terribly defined - a bit smudgy. A few animal notes and rather overwhelming sweetness without real concentration of fruit. Furry rather aggressive tannins. Some evolution evident. Rather subdued but distinctive. A grown-up wine with some similarities to the Médoc. Certainly terribly defined - a bit smudgy. A few animal notes and rather overwhelming sweetness without real concentration of fruit. Furry rather aggressive tannins.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005

Atypical of the vintage, this is much more in the classic Graves style than it is a "canicule" wine from 2003. Lots of spice, tar and cedar on the nose. Great complexity on the palate - almost a touch Burgundian in its multi-dimensional flavours of roasted meat, spice, wild mushrooms and "forest floor". Supple, ripe, silky-smooth and up-front. A gorgeous glass of wine that is neither over-ripe nor lean. Lovely balance. Fun to drink yet serious too. A wine for hedonists and those who like something more serious. Lovely.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, October 2012

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007

A classic Graves blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this classy red's smoky Cabernet aromas combine with a trace of vanilla oak in a sleek, modern style, with opulent cassis that's halfway to new World, while the fruit quality points firmly to Bordeaux. It's a medium-bodied style that's drinkable now but it will continue to improve over the next 10 years.

 Anthony Rose, The Independent, November 2006

Rich, ripe, gently minerally nose; elegantly balanced middleweight, supple and finely tannic; ripe fruited, well-sustained, fairly fleshy core that is stylish, complex, aromatic and long. Lovely harmonious wine - particularly successful in the vintage.

Score: 16.5Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

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