2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355646 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of blueberry, hot-stone, slate and walnut aromas. Terracotta, too. Iodine. Full-bodied, round and dense with layers of fine tannins. Lovely depth and intensity. Extremely long and focused. Needs three or four years of bottle age just to start. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A gem that readers should snatch up is unquestionably the 2017 Domaine De Chevalier, which is based on 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in just 35% new French oak. This deeply colored effort offers classic blackberry and blackcurrant fruits as well as medium to full body, complex notes of tobacco, gravelly earth, and chocolate, beautiful tannins, and a great finish. This is a classy, flawlessly balanced 2017 that offers up pleasure even today, yet it will keep for 30+ years. Having just had the good fortune to drink a bottle of the 1920, now at 100 years after the vintage, the longevity of this cuvée should not be underestimated. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This stands out among many of the Pessacs this year, with plenty of depth on evidence, and a more obvious personality than most. The liquorice root, cigar and grilled almond notes are perfectly woven through the cassis and bilberry fruit, and here you can feel a slight ripple through the palate, while the tannins have presence and are alive. This feels poised, like it can stretch its wings and go the distance. A great job in this vintage. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of baked plums, black cherry compote, fruitcake and violets plus wafts of fragrant earth and rosehip tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has loads of fruit with plush, rounded tannins and a lively finish. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this vintage spent 18 months in French oak, 35% new. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Packed with ripe fruit, this shows juicy blackberry and spice flavors. They are balanced with the core of dry tannins that will allow this fruity, structured wine to age. (RV) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe and full in feel, with a swath of cassis, plum paste and fig preserve flavors that holds sway from start to finish, allowing roasted apple wood, licorice snap and black tea accents to chime in along the way. The fruit takes a solid encore on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier was impressive from barrel. Bottled since June 2019, it has clearly retained that gorgeous nose with delineated scents of blackberry, black olive, shucked oyster shells and orange rind. Wonderful vigour here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, lithe and very focused. It is not a powerful nor indeed a long-term Domaine de Chevalier, ergo my lower score than 2016. Bottom line is that it is just a delicious wine to consume. Still, it will offer 20 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted twice with consistent notes. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2018 | Send Email
2017 Domiane de Chevalier Rouge is a blend of 63%CS 30M 5PV 2CF. Another textbook DDC, attractive and elegant, round and plump, sweet red fruit all in perfect balance with no hard edges. Another delicious wine from the Bernard family. Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
With the signature textural refinement of the estate, 2017 Domaine de Chevalier shows a real charming profile in the vintage. Juicy, round, and showing impressive depth for the vintage, it has notes of milk chocolate, round red fruit, good detail, and well integrated tannin. Not a blockbuster, but the go-to quality that you'd expect from DDC over these past years. Drink 2021 to 2031.

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