2007 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1054462 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the vintage's top successes, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a juicy, black currant, forest floor, and soil-scented nose. Layered with brilliant precision, purity, and density, it is a medium to full-bodied, elegant, intensely flavored, soft, It should drink well for 10-15 years.  (4/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, full red-ruby. Nuanced, scented nose combines raspberry, currant, tobacco, leather, warm stones and a peppery nuance. Suave, juicy and complex, with harmonious acidity giving shape and freshness to the wine's concentrated plum, tobacco and mocha flavors. This subtly intense midweight finishes savory and minerally, with substantial but smooth tannins and lovely lingering perfume. A big success for the vintage, to enjoy over the next 15 years or so.  (8/2010)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* A great success, with its concentration, solid tannins and black, bitter cherry fruit flavors. The wine has spice, licorice and some layers of wood. Certainly, this would be worth aging for 4-5 years.  (4/2010)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Good concentration of blackberry and raspberry fruit. Medium-to-full body, velvety tannins and a medium finish. Very close to the 2006 in quality. (Web-2008)

K&L Notes

Clyde Beffa: Great nose...earthy with perfect balance. I love this and so does Ralph. Great wine. At the UGC the wine had an elegant, toasty, perfumy nose. Sweet fruit entry and long finish. Some tannin evident at the back. Ralph: Elegant and delicious.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
Lots of approachability and elegance with raspberry and currants, tobacco and earth, spice and cedar.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2014 | Send Email
Already ready to drink and showing great complexity and textural roundness. This is deep and fleshy with earthy and toasty aromas of damp soil and lots of rich cherry fruit. The ample weight and absence of any hard edges make this very satisfying.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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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.