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Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2005

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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Tasting Notes

Domaine de Chevalier’s fabulous 2005 white offers terrific acidity, body, and texture as well as high acidity, which suggests this wine should enjoy an incredibly long life. I recently had the 1985 at a charity dinner, and it is still remarkably youthful. The 2005 may last just as long, if not longer. Hints of figs, licorice, honeysuckle, and lemon oil are accompanied by a concentrated, dry, nearly austere wine, but there is so much going on, that it should be prodigious with another decade of cellaring. It will last for 30-40+ years

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

An excellent vintage for Bordeaux’s dry whites, which tend to be vastly underrated, exceptionally long-lived (30-40 years in some cases), the 2005 possesses crisp acidity as well as serious weight, richness, and texture.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Lemon, honey, mineral, fennel seed and lime aromas. Full-bodied, this wine fills your mouth with lime, apple tart and vanilla character. Very, very intense. Fantastic. Needs time to come together. The best white from this estate in a long time. Best after 2014.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2008
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

The 2005 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is fabulous. That’s the good news. The not so good news, if we can call it that, is that is still very young! That won’t surprise readers who are familiar with the Blanc, which happens to be one of the greatest whites made anywhere in the world. The warm, dry vintage has given the 2005 a good deal of body and richness, with pretty tropical accents that lend a real sense of exoticism. Readers lucky enough to own the 2005 will want to cellar it for a few years, as it is in adolescent stage where it is not young, but also not mature. All I can say is: What a wine! Drink: 2025-2045

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2021

Tasted blind. Fruit has oxidised. But on the palate there is the vestige of exciting fruit. Lots of acidity. Very distinctive.
Drink 2008-2012

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Body-builder white with lots of extract but not so much flavour. Quite astringent. Is this work in progress still? Yes, is the answer when I see what it is! Drink 2008-11

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006

Lovely piercing citrus expression. Palate round, intense and soft textured with a burst of acidity that builds through to the finish. Drink 2008-2030.

James Lawther MW, Decanter Magazine, April 2006
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