Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux 2012

Domaine de Chevalier, classified Grand Cru Classe de Graves is one of the most important wine estates in Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux and has a reputation of making good wines even in average vintages. Its style is more elegance, finesse and purity than power, but never light or simple.  

Dense, purple colour, sweet red and black currants, menthol, liquorice, subtle flowers and well-integrated, toasty oak on the palate. Impressively rich and medium to full-bodied without losing the elegance and finesse and very long finish. The tannins are sweet enough to drink it young but it can stay at least until 2040. A classic Bordeaux.


Type: Red Producer: Domaine de Chevalier Appellation: Pessac Leognan Vintage: 2012 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Country: France Region: Bordeaux Style: Savory and classic Alcohol: 13% Content: 750ml Allergens: Contains Sulfites

(€70 / litre)


92+ points, Robert Parker
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 have 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.
Antonio Galloni: 93 points
Wine Spectator: 92 points 
Falstaff: 92 points