Savoury and chocolate oak aromas. Lightly leafy cassis. Terrific freshness and depth of perfectly ripe fruit. Cool and dry and elegant even now. Firmly but finely structured. (JH) 17,5
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Grand Cru Classé de Graves
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The technical sheet and the vintage, described by Domaine de Chevalier
Jancis Robinson_Dom de Chevalier Primeur R. 2010: 17,5 +
Dark crimson. So racy and inky, mineral and sinewy. Chewy. SO youthful ! Racy and sinewy. Lively, fragrant. Mouth filling and vibrant though it has yet to evolve much character but the balance seems promising. Acid dominates tanin here.
Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 : * * * * * 18,5
Masses of beautifully concentrated fruit, nose already very expressive of vineyard class and perfect ripeness, already richly smooth and the tannins will ensure a long and elegant life ahead. Drink 2015-30. (18.5 points)
Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 (J.S.): 96
Dark fruits such as raspberries and blueberries with subtle perfume on the nose. Full body, with super well-integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Racy young wine. Shows classy structure and richness. Try in 2018. Score 96.
November 14th, 2013
Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 : 92-95
This is loaded, with layers of gorgeous plum sauce, linzer torte and blackberry fruit melding beautifully with charcoal, spice and anise. The long, dark finish has some power in reserve but it’s rounded and enticing. J-M
BBR: Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 : 17,5
Olivier Bernard has crafted a succession of stunning wines over the past few years and this may well be his best yet. There is a wonderful purity and precision, a real sense of terroir, and great harmony between the Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) and Merlot (34%). The quality of tannins is exemplary, the balance is perfect, the length extraordinary, and the whole thing reeks of pure class. Sorry, but this is a personal favourite and I can’t help but wax lyrical about it!
Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 : 93-95
Tasted Three times, the Domaine de Chevalier has great precision on the nose with pure dark blackberry, dark plum, black olive compote and crushed flowers. The palate is just superb, mainly because of the crispness and tension in the tannic structure, framing a very precise, very focused Domaine de Chevalier that should age beautifully. It is almost understated but with great mineralité on th finish and superb persistency. Watch it blossom in bottle. Tasted April 2011.
Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 : 17
17,5+.Dense, fresh, ripe, blackcurrant and mineral nose, almost smoky in its minerality. A well constituted, fairly concentrated middleweight, vigorous and finely and firmly tannic, jucily vivid ripe fruit, dense, deep, vital, long, complex and complete. Both juicy and very mineral at once, and with excellent length. An aristocratic Domaine de Chevalier packed with flavor. 2020-2040+
Robert Parker _ Domaine de Chevalier Primeur Rouge 2010 : 95
This is one of my all-time favorite wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants, but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savory, expansively flavored wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing the 2009. An opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex and delicious than I thought from barrel, this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more. Rating 95.
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