1990 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1019686 94 points 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)  (7/2016)

93 points 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)  (4/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (8/2000)

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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.