1989 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan

SKU #951339 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 5% cabernet franc; 12.2% alcohol): Medium-deep red. Captivating, intense aromas of red cherry and red berries complicated by cinnamon and clove. Rich, dense and suave, with fleshy, mouthcoating flavors of red cherry, redcurrant and aromatic wood spices. Finishes very long and sweet, with pure spice notes and rising, polished tannins. A great wine. Olivier Bernard has always considered this wine to be potentially on a par with past great Domaine de Chevalier reds such as the '45, '61 and '70.  (4/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Delivers a lovely, fresh nose of dark fruits, smoky nuts and flowers, as well as some iodine and shell. Full-bodied, with fine tannin structure and a clean, fruity finish that offers iodine, berries and spices. This builds on the palate, with such class and finesse, going on for minutes. This has such beauty. Don't wait.- '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. (Web Only-2010)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Served from ex-chateau magnum at Taillevent. A deep garnet core with a thin mahogany rim. The nose is more reticent than the ’85 and indeed, the bottle poured at last year’s vertical. Blackberry, black olive tapenade, redcurrant, leather, cedar and just that trait of mint developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced with a sappy, slightly pinched entry at first but then broadening out on the middle. Red fruits to the fore and on this magnum this is almost a honeyed texture towards the finish, but still maintaining great balanced and verve. This is a great ’89. Drink now-2020. Tasted September 2009. (Neil Martin's Wine Journal)  (1/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Fresh, mint toffee nose. Hint of liquorice. Quite ripe and seductive and complete. Even if not the most expressive of the terroir. Flattering.  (2/2006)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2013 | Send Email
From the exceptional '89 vintage this is a definite "must try" for fans of Graves reds. Notes of cedar and tobacco, tart redcurrant and sweet cherry. Intensely mineral in that textbook style that defines the region. Superb.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.