1988 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #951292 92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I have not drunk the 1988 vintage of Domaine de Chevalier with anywhere near the same frequency as I have other vintages of the 1980s here, but the ’88 vintage is one I like far more than many commentators and I had high expectations for this wine at our vertical tasting of the property held in the summer of 2017. The wine did not disappoint, as it is complete on both the nose and palate and was just about ready to start drinking beautifully as it neared its thirtieth birthday. The nose delivers an aromatic constellation of red plums, a touch of blood orange, cigar wrapper, that inimitable DDC soil, cigar smoke, a bit of vanillin oak and a lovely topnote of raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is pure, deep and full-bodied, with lovely focus and soil signature, still a bit of moderate, buried tannins and a long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. When I tasted this in June of 2017, I felt two or three more years would be perfect for it, so I would anticipate that it is now squarely into its apogee of peak drinkability. Fine juice. 92+ Inner quote mark (9/2020)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Domaine de Chevalier produced one of the finest wines of this vintage in 1988. It is dark ruby, with an unevolved but generous bouquet of smoky new oak, cassis, and flowers. This fleshy, generously-endowed, medium-bodied wine is the finest effort from this property since their 1983. Inner quote mark (12/1997)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Though I have tasted most vintages of this estate, it is my first encounter with the 1988 Domaine de Chevalier when I visited the property. It has a dark garnet core with commensurate bricking on the rim for a 30-year old wine. The bouquet is decidedly old school: vestiges of black fruit intermingling with cigar box, smoke and pressed flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, rather dry tannin. The second feels a little more mature than the first, missing a little flesh and finish in slightly austere fashion, but it never relinquishes its freshness and there is piquancy that you cannot help falling for. Avoid if you want “gobs of fruit” but welcome this onto your dinner table if you have a penchant for traditional Claret. Tasted at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Slightly earthy and funky, with a barbecue sauce undertone to the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and finish. Drying out a little now, but still attractive and excellent. *Highly Recommended* Inner quote mark (6/2009)

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