2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066894 99 points James Suckling

 A white with a phenomenal density and richness with creme brulee, apple pie and pear tart character. It's so agile and balanced. Full body, with tangy fruit and a long finish. Crazy intensity and style to this. Speechless. Best dry white from here. Try in 2018.  (2/ 2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *A Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013* This is a great wine with its swathes of ripe fruit allied to a very structured character. It is concentrated with complex flavors that bring in wood, tropical fruits, apricots and a dense texture. Combined, these elements give the wine great style and aging potential.  (3/ 2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A backward style of wine with notes of honeyed pears, subtle citrus, candle wax, orange zest and lemon butter, this medium to full-bodied, rich wine has terrific acidity and a long, long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050. (94+)  (2/ 2013)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale straw-yellow. Lemon, chamomile, vanilla, ginger and a faint lactic nuance on the restrained, minerally nose. Pliant and sweet in the mouth, offering good concentration and fat to the vinous lemon, guava and grapefruit flavors. Very minerally on the long finish, showing lingering notes of peach, vanilla and coconut. This should age splendidly and will probably be at its best between 2020 and 2035.  (8/ 2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very pure, lacking the obvious punch of the vintage, with a floral note leading the way for a core of verbena, yellow apple, melon rind and green plum notes. The long, stone-tinged finish features finely beaded acidity. Drink now through 2016.  (3/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Intense citrus, as ripe and aromatic as mandarin peel. Cedary too. Gorgeous even now. Concentrated and lively and zesty but already showing the complexity to come. 18/20 points.  (11/ 2012)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Spice and minerals. Lush citrus mid-palate. Bright acidity, with spice on the finish.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
**+ At UGC: Pineapple aromas. Exotic and spicy. Sweet fruit. Delightful. At Joanne: Spicy, with a great mid-palate impression. Long and lingering.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Often overshadowed by the white wine produced here, the red is not to be underestimated. This is serious wine with great potential. Bright red fruits--tart and sweet--ripe, but with lively acidity. Fine weight and length. Firm finish.

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.