2008 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1071792 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dominating aromas of smoky new wood follow through to the toasty flavor that covers the fruit at this stage. But, like all 2009s, this is a rich wine that will balance out and show all of its opulence. That said, it will likely always be a firm, ageworthy wine, with the dark tannins always in evidence. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (9/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 Just starting now to open, with bright fruit, light smoky and meaty undertones. Medium to full body, fresh finish. Drink or hold.  (6/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados to consider buying, the 2008 is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Surprisingly backward for a 2008, it is medium to full-bodied with moderate tannins, lots of purity and abundant charcoal, black currant and floral notes. The sweetness of the fruit, depth of flavor and textured, lush mouthfeel in this medium to full-bodied, ageworthy 2008 are impressive. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. I would not be surprised if it turns out to be as impressive as the 2010. (RP)  (5/2011)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Domaine Chevalier has produced one of the stars of the vintage, an absolute stunner that should put to rest any talk that 2008 was in any way a substandard vintage. Long on optimally ripened, distinctly curranty fruit and showing exceptional concentration and length, it is sturdy without being tough, and, if fairly supple to start, it is underpinned by ample, very fine-grained tannins guaranteeing a decade of growth.  (3/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep purple-ruby. Slightly reticent, medicinal aromas of cassis, ink, minerals and fresh herbs. Pure, fresh and clean, with a straightforward delivery but sneaky concentration to the blackberry and graphite flavors. Juicy acidity keeps the flavors light and lively and makes for a classic, precise Bordeaux experience. Finishes firmly tannic and long. Very typical of the undervalued, cooler 2008 vintage, this lacks only a bit more flesh for a higher score, but it's a classic Pessac-Leognan. 92+ (ID)  (4/2013)

91 points Vinous

 The 2008 Domaine de Chevalier is a vintage that I have tasted several times. Now at a decade old, it has retained a surprisingly deep colour. The bouquet is divine: pure blackberry and pomegranate aromas, cedar and cigar box, its floral element seeming to have receded in recent years. The palate is medium-bodied and appears to have softened since I last tasted it, the tannins now more melted (though not fully), delivering a mixture of red and black fruit tinged with burnt toast, tobacco and a touch of sous-bois and smoke towards the cohesive finish. You could begin opening bottles now although knowing the track record of this estate, I would leave them for another few years. (NM)  (2/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lilac, tar and cassis bush aromas are followed by a broad swath of mulled plum, black currant and maduro tobacco. The strong, mineral- and tar-filled spine drives through the finish, which picks up a smoldering edge. (JM)  (4/2011)

K&L Notes

This wine is so good it's scary. Perfectly balanced and packed with flavor and round tannins. Some toasty nuances and plenty of minerals. One of the best 2008 Bordeaux. (Clyde Beffa Jr, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2012 | Send Email
The 2008 vintage is perhaps the sneakiest one of the decade for Bordeaux. In a market looking for powerful, fruit-driven wines to drink now, the 2008 vintage provided wines of nuance, subtlety and grace. I loved this vintage when I tasted it at the UGC event a few years back. Some people, like our owner Clyde Beffa, thought this was one of the best wines of the vintage - PERIOD! Yet, it's only $60 and we've got a good amount of it still. Buy! Buy! Buy!

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2012 | Send Email
Fabulous example of the finesse and structure that can be found in the 2008 vintage. Still very young, but showing its potential clearly. Dark cocoa, black pepper, black currants, blackberry on the nose. Finesse and structured palate that's lifted, but clearly needing cellar aging. Give this baby 5 years and it will be singing.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5