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Domaine de Chevalier 2012

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Very floral and elegant with raspberry and blackcurrant fruit mixed with toasty oak/vanillin, followed by a medium to full-bodied, stylish, polished wine that is the quintessentially refined style of Pessac-Léognan. Nevertheless, the complexity and nuance has yet to fully emerge. This medium to full-bodied Domaine de Chevalier is poised for a bright future. It is tight and backward now, as well as restrained aromatically, but everything is there for the future. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 30 years. Drink 2020-2050.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The Domaine de Chevalier has a lovely understated, very pure, quite feminine bouquet with seamlessly integrated oak that neatly encases the blackberry and blueberry fruit. There is a floral note that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. There is a real backbone to this Pessac-Leognan, although the structured is disguised behind layers of velvety tannins. Gorgeous - but it deserves several years in the cellar. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

Extremely complex with cinnamon, dried fruits and dried flowers. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a silky, polished finish. Very impressive. Better in 2018 but very beautiful already

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015

This is enjoyable, heading towards tertiary flavours with melted tannins, and layers of cigar box, salted caramel, blackberry and blueberry fruits. Has grip through the core but is welcoming rather than overly concentrated at this point. Tasted out of magnum. An estate that offers excellent consistency, and it is an easy 2012 to recommend.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, March 2022

Glowing dark crimson. The most complex nose of all 2012 Pessacs, with the exception of the Haut-Brion stable. Pretty muscular and a little obviously chewy on the end for the moment but confidently presenting a wine whose charms do not depend on ripeness but on terroir. Appetising. Drink 2020 to 2035. 16.5++ points.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2014

Deep purple colour. Blackcurrant, black cherry and cocoa on the nose. The palate is dark and brooding, with a dense core of black fruit layered by sweet spice and smoke. There is good grip from the ripe tannins, this wine will need a few years in bottle to come round, but there is real intensity and power to the fruit core. There is a long and spicy finish, hinting at great things to come.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2015

Further proof that the top Pessac-Léognan reds were a step up on the 2011s and not far
behind the quality of the 2010s, this is a very elegant, patrician wine, described as "frockcoated"
by one colleague. Spice, tobacco and freshness with plenty of oak, good cassisdominated
fruit and a savoury reticence.
Drink: 2020-35

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013
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One of the stars of the vintage, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of red and black currants, graphite, subtle flowers and well-integrated, toasty oak. Impressively built rich and medium to full-bodied without losing the quintessential elegance and finesse for which this famous estate is renowned, the 2012 Domaine de Chevalier is filled with purity, equilibrium and balance. The tannins are sweet enough that this wine should be accessible when released, and will last for 15-20 years. Is this a modern day clone of their brilliant 1953 (which I drank from magnum at Bern's Steak House in November for less than $500!)?

I was joking with proprietor Olivier Bernard, who is now the president of the Union des Grands Crus, that his position seems to be accompanied by much higher scores from wine critics. Nevertheless, there is no question that Domaine de Chevalier has been on a relatively hot streak lately, and this 2012 is a beauty.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

This shows wonderful depth of fruit with blackberries, blueberry and spice. Minerals too. Full body, with beautiful and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Superb finish. Sensational for the vintage.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013
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