2011 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090882 92-93 points James Suckling

 Very polished tannins to this refined and beautiful red with minerals and blackberries. Some wet earth too. Full and very integrated now.  (4/ 2012)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine's concentrated tannins match the sweet fruit and ripe acidity. It shows structure and density, with its blackberry flavor already showing well.  (4/ 2012)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, slightly dusty-edged plum and cassis fruit here, with a good sappy feel on the finish. Underlying tarry edge. Solid, if a bit reticent today.  (4/ 2012)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Aromas of red berries, minerals and herbs leap from the glass. On the palate, zippy acidity provides considerable lift to the red berry, plum and mineral flavors. Finishes juicy, graceful and long, with an attractive floral touch.  (5/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep glowing crimson. Polished and dense – glowing. Racy and much more lively and fruity than most. Definitely a success for 2011! (17 points)  (8/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A very good effort from this estate located in the southern sector of Pessac-Leognan, the 2011 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot that achieved 13% natural alcohol. It offers medium body, attractive sweet red and black currant fruit, a round, supple texture, and hints of roasted herbs and damp earth. Drink this pretty, elegant effort during its first 10-15 years of life.  (4/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*˝ Seamless, delicious wine. Drink it now; it's very good and peppery. Outstanding. Trey: Lots of perfume on the nose. Open, spicy and creamy on the mid-palate. Sweet, long and fresh. Medium-bodied. Lots of finesse. This is a natural wine, not overdone. 90-92 points. RS: Round, sweet and pure red fruits, fine overall balance. A nice, elegant wine. *

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
Round, sweet and pure red fruits, fine overall balance. A nice, elegant wine. *

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
Lots of perfume on the nose. Open, spicy and creamy on the mid-palate. Sweet, long and fresh. Medium-bodied. Lots of finesse. This is a natural wine, not overdone. 90-92 points.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2012  | Send Email
*½ Seamless, delicious wine. Drink it now; it’s very good and peppery. Outstanding.

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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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.
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.