The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier is a total knockout. Precise, brilliant and finely sculpted, the 2014 possesses superb intensity. Freshly cut flowers, mint and sweet red berries, along with finessed but persistent tannins, give the wine its regal personality. The 2014 needs a number of years to shed some baby fat and develop the full breadth of its aromatics, but it is a fabulous wine by any measure. The 2014 is 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot that spent approximately 35 days on the skins. Olivier Bernard noted that the Merlots were brought in between October 10 and 17, which is quite late by the domaine's standards. Tasted two times. Drink 2022-2044.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier has a classy, quite sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, graphite and brine aromas that feel very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, quite saline in the mouth with a brisk, lightly spiced, white pepper sprinkled finish that lingers long in the mouth. Olivier Bernard has crafted quite a sublime 2014 Pessac-Léognan. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2021 - 2050
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier has a wonderful bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry coulis and iodine-tinged aromas that seem to envelop the senses. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, superb acidity and a sense of symmetry that is uncommon in the 2014 vintage. This is a sophisticated, precise wine from Olivier Bernard that could be one of top wines of the vintage. There is an approachability to this Domaine de Chevalier, which you do not always find, however I would be inclined to give this 3-4 years in bottle. Drink date 2021 - 2045
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Domaine de Chevalier 2014 is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. It has a fragrant bouquet with blackberry, black plum, cigar ash and woodland scents, complex though not as intense as its white counterpart. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy, quite firm tannin that underpin a classic Domaine de Chevalier that has just the right amount of austerity at this stage. Reserved perhaps, but it is beautifully knitted together with a lovely bay leaf tinged finish. Quintessential Domaine de Chevalier...which is what we all want. Drink: 2020-2040.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Anyone who says that the 2014s aren’t elegant needs to taste this beautifully balanced wine. Ripe redcurrant and delicate herbal aromas with just a hint of spicy oak on the nose precede a fresh, medium-bodied palate with underplayed power and a lot of subtle nuances on the long finish.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
Very dense and beautiful with chocolate, currants and spices. Walnut and hazelnut character too. Full body, silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and fine.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2015|
Tasted blind. Sweet and round and with sufficient fruit for the acidity. Bravo! Really nice wine with more fruit than tannin – though not quite as much flesh as Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
This wine was the top rated Pessac Leognan outside the Haut Brion stable as rated by the 2014 Southwold tasting group.
Deep ruby colour with a rich, meaty, earthy quality that typifies great Pessac. There is plenty of black fruit on the nose that complements these notes and giving a wild quality to the fruit. The palate is rich and chalky in tannin with lots of potential to improve with age. The fruit core is brambly and earthy, layered and complex with just a hint of florality. The oak is well integrated, meaty and smoky rounding and softening the tannins to leave a pure, vibrant finish.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, February 2018|
This much respected property in Léognan is run with great care by Olivier Bernard whose family took it over from Claude Ricard in 1983. During the 1980s and 1990s there was a programme of replanting and it is only since the early 2000's, with the vines reaching maturity, that the quality here has returned to that of the great vintages of the 1960s and before. Without doubt, the best vintages of Chevalier are the most recent ones. Domaine de Chevalier performed an amazing treble at our annual Southwold blind tasting, winning the Graves flight in 2003, 2004 and 2005. It continues to perform brilliantly every year. Prices, however, have remained reasonable. Not only is Domaine de Chevalier the best value wine in Pessac-Léognan these days, it is now becoming one of the best of all. A property on the rise - one to watch. Hugely popular with the team at Farr Vintners. Deep ruby with a purple rim. Sweet black plum and cherries on the nose, which has excellent aromatics. There are hints of wood smoke and tobacco. Soft entry, smooth Graves tannins with refreshing acidity and a lovely bright fruit palate. Crunchy fruits with a real vibrancy and intensity through the mid-palate. The smooth finish has more hints of toasted spices that round off a delicious wine.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
A blend of 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot, harvest quite late, the 2014 Domaine de Chevalier is more refined and understated than the 2015 yet still offers more opulence, texture, and mid-palate depth than most in the vintage. Revealing a deep ruby, opaque color and a gorgeous array of blackberries, black cherries, smoked earth, forest floor, and tobacco leaf, this beauty offers full-bodied richness, a layered, silky texture, perfect balance and a great finish. It has the class and balance to offer incredible pleasure today, yet will keep for another two decades. 2018 - 2038
|Score: 94||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Focused, with a graphite edge that runs from start to finish alongside the dark plum and blackberry purée flavors. Reveals a pretty echo of anise through the finish, which has latent depth. Solid. Best from 2018 through 2026. 10,000 cases made.
|Score: 92||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
Fresh and floral there is a lot happening on the nose the palate starts light and bright. Under the fresh black fruits there is sweetness rich flavours a mid suppleness fine tannins. The sweetness is well balanced by freshness at the back the finish bright and long. 2023-30
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
Whatever the vintage, Domaine de Chevalier is a wine that rarely disappoints. This is typically fresh and well balanced, with poise and concentration, well handled oak and the backbone and perfume you’d expect from such a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Has the structure to age.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 94||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|