2011 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A spectacular effort, especially for this challenging vintage, Olivier Bernard’s 2011 Domaine de Chevalier boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of subtle charcoal, graphite, black currants and black cherries. Rich and full-bodied with a multilayered mouthfeel and a long, complex, stunning finish, this is a profound example of a 2011 from a great terroir. Consume it over the next 20 years. (RP)
This wine's concentrated tannins match the sweet fruit and ripe acidity. It shows structure and density, with its blackberry flavor already showing well.
This is a rich wine for the vintage with mineral, raspberry and lemongrass character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Need three or four years to come together.
This is solidly built, featuring a full-bodied feel from the loam and tar frame, balanced by the depth of the plum, blackberry and fig core. Reveals a smoldering edge through the finish, with an echo of cocoa. Best from 2016 through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Perfumed, fruity aromas of blackcurrant, minerals and violet. Very fresh and fruity on the palate as well, with bright blackcurrant and floral flavors lingering nicely through the aftertaste. Boasts sneaky concentration and building sweetness. The finish features very polished tannins and none of the harshness or green character of so many other 2011s. 90+
Pure, lively cassis aroma. Real elegance in the structure here – refined, silky but definite tannins. Lots of dark fruit on the palate and a long finish. A touch cedary. (JH)