2011 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
A white that is dense and structured with amazing honey and dried-fruit character. Mango, pineapple and papaya. Chalky undertones from the soil. Full and chewy with a beautiful depth of fruit and intensity. So much going on here. Phenomenal depth of fruit. Why drink grand cru Burgundy? Better in 2017.
A powerful wine that’s full of wood and ripe tropical-fruit flavors. It also has an intensely mineral structure that powers the wine right through to the concentrated finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 85% Sauvignon Bland and 15% Semillon, the Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has a very taut bouquet with scents of granite, lemon rind and a touch of white peach and chalk dust. Great focus and intensity although it takes time to unwind. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely elegant white peach and a drop of wild honey, very good acidity and a caressing, vanilla-tinged finish that shows great length. This is better than the red this year. Tasted April 2012. (NM-Wine Journal)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw. Floral nuances complement gooseberry, peach nectar, lemon verbena and mineral aromas on the slow-to-open nose. Rich, bright flavors of guava, green banana and rosemary are lifted by a laser beam of acidity and complicated by hints of underripe passion fruit and pear. Finishes chewy and long, with a strong impression of extract. This very pure, linear wine should age splendidly for decades, gaining in flesh and volume, but it's impeccably balanced and remarkably drinkable right now.
Very high-toned today, with a whiff of talcum powder giving way to bright sweet pea and lime notes. The tightly wound finish lets herb and fleur de sel flecks peek out, but there's serious length in reserve.