1989 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 5% cabernet franc; 12.2% alcohol): Medium-deep red. Captivating, intense aromas of red cherry and red berries complicated by cinnamon and clove. Rich, dense and suave, with fleshy, mouthcoating flavors of red cherry, redcurrant and aromatic wood spices. Finishes very long and sweet, with pure spice notes and rising, polished tannins. A great wine. Olivier Bernard has always considered this wine to be potentially on a par with past great Domaine de Chevalier reds such as the '45, '61 and '70. 94(+?) points.
Delivers a lovely, fresh nose of dark fruits, smoky nuts and flowers, as well as some iodine and shell. Full-bodied, with fine tannin structure and a clean, fruity finish that offers iodine, berries and spices. This builds on the palate, with such class and finesse, going on for minutes. This has such beauty. Don't wait.- '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. (Web Only-2010)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Served from ex-chateau magnum at Taillevent. A deep garnet core with a thin mahogany rim. The nose is more reticent than the ’85 and indeed, the bottle poured at last year’s vertical. Blackberry, black olive tapenade, redcurrant, leather, cedar and just that trait of mint developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced with a sappy, slightly pinched entry at first but then broadening out on the middle. Red fruits to the fore and on this magnum this is almost a honeyed texture towards the finish, but still maintaining great balanced and verve. This is a great ’89. Drink now-2020. Tasted September 2009. (Neil Martin's Wine Journal)
Fresh, mint toffee nose. Hint of liquorice. Quite ripe and seductive and complete. Even if not the most expressive of the terroir. Flattering.