2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407944 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a complex nose of dried apple, green mango, grapefruit zest, dried honeysuckle and crushed almonds. It’s full-bodied with bright acidity and a dense, phenolic texture. Vivid and layered with fantastic precision. Very, very long. This needs time. Better from 2026. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark One of the iconic white wines of Bordeaux, produced in small quantities, this is a powerful and rich expression of ripe Sauvignon Blanc. The fruitiness, with its tropical hints, is enhanced by the wine's complexity, touches of spice and density. Drink this impressive wine from 2024. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the top whites in the vintage, the 2018 Domaine De Chevalier Blanc is mostly Sauvignon blended with 25% Sémillon that was raised in 35% new French oak. A forward, approachable vintage for this cuvée, it has a beautiful, medium to full-bodied style as well as loads of lemon curd, white grapefruit, toasted bread, spice, and a kiss of chalky minerality. Balanced, pure, and elegant, drink this killer Bordeaux Blanc over the coming 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Gorgeous, with both rich and racy elements as lemon curd, shortbread and honeysuckle notes contrast with lemon pith, thyme and fleur de sel notes. Long finish has wet straw and paraffin hints, adding length and range. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Domaine de Chevalier 2018 Blanc, a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, offers up a gorgeous perfume of ripe Bosc pears, grapefruit oil, mandarin peel and lemongrass, leading to wafts of sea spray, lime blossom and beeswax. The medium to full-bodied palate has a seducing opulence, delivering layers of citrus, pear and floral-inspired flavors with a satiny texture and seamless freshness, finishing long with a spicy kick. It makes for a complex, decadently delicious wine right now, but give it 4-5 years in bottle to see it take on even more savory/toasty layers, and drink it for the next 10-12 years or more. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has come together beautifully over the last two years. Rich and unctuous in feel, the 2018 offers terrific nuance to match its creamy, enveloping personality. Dried pear, marzipan, lemon confit and white flowers all build as the 2018 blossoms in the glass. The poised, deeply resonant finish is striking. I am so impressed with the 2018, a wine that is far more convincing in bottle than it was from barrel. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This clearly has focus and stone-fruit steely determination. Clear opulence and density if not quite the grip of this wine in the very best white vintages. Excellent white pepper spice as it opens. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Smells classy at the outset, even though it is introvert because so young: just has hints of everything, fresh citrus, oak spice and leesy depths. On the palate, an incipient quality: cool, fresh, well structured and deeper than most in this vintage. Lightly chewy, lots of fruit and a hint of spice on the finish. Powerful and long. Impressive. 17.5/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has opened up since I tasted it from barrel; this half-bottle was allowed 30–45 minutes to open. It has a little more zip on the nose, the orchard fruit and touches of black currant and orange pith bursting from the glass. The palate is finely tuned with a superb bead of acidity, and more citric than the nose, still with that energy and tension and a light tang of marmalade and lemongrass toward the finish. While I maintain that it is not the best Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that I have ever encountered, it has gained more personality during its maturation and it should drink well for 20-plus years." (3/2021)


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2019 | Send Email
Very soft and creamy, lush and exotic fruits. Good acidity 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Clearly the white wine of the vintage for me, with only a handful coming close. Honeydew, stonefruit, and a light touch of vanilla on the nose, the palate is textured and carries itself with a brightness that many others seemed to lack. Tasted multiple times throughout the week, it never failed to impress for its purity, density, and lift.

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