1990 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted from a magnum purchased on release, the 1990 Domaine de Chevalier is a magnificent Pessac-Léognan, one that I was gobsmacked to find that I have never tasted before! It has one of those entrancing, tertiary, smoke and mushroom scented bouquets, secondary aromas that are beautifully defined and exude the essence of Pessac-Léognan. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, still plenty of black dusky fruit infused with pencil lead, tobacco and dried herbs such as rosemary and sage. The balance is delectable and it fans out beautifully on the finish. This is one of those wines that attest the greatness of Domaine de Chevalier, notwithstanding its longevity in great vintages. Tasted June 2015. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Amber-tinged red; this seems almost too evolved for its age. Expressive aromas of dark cherry, spicy forest floor and graphite. Shows more spicy nuances on the palate, with very deep, ripe red cherry, cassis and tobacco flavors lingering nicely on the finish. Tannins are well buffered by the wine's mid-palate material. Great stuff, and still very young in spite of its color. Probably best from 2016, and should last for decades beyond that. (ID)
Gorgeous aromas of tobacco, meat and dried fruits. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a fresh fruit and earth finish. Another winner from Domaine de Chevalier.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2003. (JS)
Rich, ripe nose. Dense and velvety. Interesting - more layers than many of the wines. Round and gentle and layered. Subtle. Slightly volatile and slightly old-fashioned in structure and some rather dry, dusty tannins. Quite long. 17.5/20 points.