2009 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1111189 97 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries and lemon rind. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and bright fruity finish. Refined and beautiful. Layered wine. Pure fruit. Gravelley. Stoney. So classy and complex. Try in 2020.  (2/ 2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years.  (2/ 2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* 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.  (9/ 2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, medium ruby-red. Nuanced, expressive nose combines dark cherry, redcurrant, mocha, graphite, cedar and hot bricks. Plush on entry, then sweet but firm in the middle, with a solid mineral spine giving shape to the fine-grained dark berry and cedar flavors. This wonderfully glossy wine boasts excellent structure on the subtly long back end, with its ripe cabernet sauvignon component much more apparent today than its merlot. 93(+?) points  (7/ 2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very rich, but sleek and pure, with beautiful mouthfeel and layers of enticing fig, steeped blackberry and warm currant confiture nicely stitched with black tea and mesquite. The long finish has a tarry underlay, but stays polished. Approachable for its mouthfeel, but has the balance to age nicely. Drink now through 2025.  (3/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Unusually for a classed growth bordeaux, the back label tells us this blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Bravo! Such a comfortable pair of old slippers on the nose! By which I don't mean sweaty or malodorous but so relaxed. Sweet and rich but not heavy. Pure pleasure and already easy to enjoy - dangerously so. (17.5)  (7/ 2014)

K&L Notes

*+ Oaky aromas and a dry finish. Crushed blueberries and blackberries. At UGC: Fine richness and length on palate. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot.

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/12/2014  | Send Email
When you take one of my favorite Chateaus in Bordeaux and combine it with a ripe and focused vintage, you have something to get excited about. This shows the characteristic combination of finesse, minerality and complexity I look for. Frankly, I would rather have this wine than many of the so-called super seconds, which sell for $250 and up. This is classic Pessac Leognan, with an interesting gravel and mineral component, but plenty of fruit as well. Bravo! If I were you, I would not miss this wine!
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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/4/2014  | Send Email
Lots of perfume, elegant ripe fruit, very attractive.

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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.
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France

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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.