2008 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Dense, powerful wine that impresses both with its rich fruit and its balanced tannins. The whole wine is finely integrated, black berry flavors shot through with acidity and touches of wood. Certainly a wine for aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados to consider buying, the 2008 is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Surprisingly backward for a 2008, it is medium to full-bodied with moderate tannins, lots of purity and abundant charcoal, black currant and floral notes. The sweetness of the fruit, depth of flavor and textured, lush mouthfeel in this medium to full-bodied, ageworthy 2008 are impressive. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. I would not be surprised if it turns out to be as impressive as the 2010.
I really enjoy this rich and round wine, with subtle plum, tobacco and game aromas and flavors. Full and softly textured with lots of fruit and a caressing finish. Velvety tannins. So much chocolate too. Best after 2012.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium ruby. Sexy, very pure aromas of crushed blueberry, minerals and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Dense, ripe and seamless, with terrific energy and a light touch to the tightly coiled flavors of dark berries and graphite complemented by spicy oak. This savory, dry, classic wine has the structure to ensure two decades or more of development in bottle. Finishes with real verve and grip.
Lilac, tar and cassis bush aromas are followed by a broad swath of mulled plum, black currant and maduro tobacco. The strong, mineral- and tar-filled spine drives through the finish, which picks up a smoldering edge. Drink now through 2018.
This wine is so good it's scary. Perfectly balanced and packed with flavor and round tannins. Some toasty nuances and plenty of minerals. One of the best 2008 Bordeaux. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)