1966 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Graves

SKU #1187362 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1966 vintage of DDC is not quite as well known as the 1964, but this too is an outstanding wine that remains at its absolute apogee of peak drinkability and offers up superb complexity on both the nose and perfectly resolved palate. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a vibrant blend of black cherries, cassis, cigar ash, walnuts, charred earth and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and energetic, with a fine core of fruit, lovely transparency and grip, suave, fading tannins, still good acids and a long, poised and very complex finish. This is really almost as fine as the far better-known 1964! Inner quote mark (9/2020)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1966 Domaine de Chevalier was poured blind at the château by proprietor Olivier Bernard and it put in a great showing. Quite deep in color, it has a floral, violet-scented bouquet that is very well defined, nicely focused with hints of brine and seaweed infusing the decayed black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied and very refined, supple in the mouth with beautifully judged natural acidity. It seems to have a fleshy, almost Merlot-driven finish that swayed me towards the Right Bank, but that earthiness on the aftertaste swings you back to Pessac-Léognan. Like many 1966s, there is a masculine trait to this Domaine de Chevalier that still shows plenty of vigor and as such, I can see this swarthy wine offering another 15-20 years of pleasure - subject to provenance. This is certainly worth looking out for. (NM) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid colour with pale aged rim. Very complete if not especially assertive. Quite leafy. Lovely freshness and racy Graves aromas. Round and complete. Very flattering – [perhaps just a bit more obvious and earthbound than the 1964 but very good and rather similar. Very long. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2006)

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