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1986 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan (some soiled labels)

SKU #951344 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red with an amber rim. Notes of spicecake, forest floor and faded flowers complicate red cherry and minerals on the refined, complex nose. Sweet and suave on entry, then spicy and more austere in the middle, with harmonious acidity nicely framing the decadent red cherry, clove and spicy tobacco flavors. Finishes long and pure, with very good definition and sneaky concentration and length. This is drinking splendidly now and is not likely to gain much by further cellaring, but it certainly isn't going to fall apart anytime soon. (ID)  (4/2013)

92 points John Gilman

 The 1986 vintage at Domaine de Chevalier was very strong for the vin rouge and as the wine closes in on its thirtieth birthday, the wine is just starting to edge into its plateau of maturity and offer up some fine drinking. The structure of the 1986 vintage is still in evidence here, but the wine is blossoming nicely from behind it and offers up a deep and complex nose of red and black cherries, Cuban cigars, a superb base of soil tones, a fine note of Graves nuttiness, blossoming smokiness , a touch of brick dust, new leather and just a bit of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still moderately tannic, with a fine core, tangy acids and a very long, complex and classy finish that closes with excellent grip and soil drive. The 1986 DDC is still a few years away from really reaching its apogee of maturity, but it is getting closer and is really an excellent wine. 92+  (7/2016)

K&L Notes

90 points Robert Parker: "The 1986 offers a bouquet of ripe mineral and tobacco-scented fruit. Medium-bodied, relatively oaky yet deep, and still firm and tannic, the 1986 needs additional cellaring. There is plenty of tannin in the finish, but it is not astringent. Anticipated maturity: 1995-2015." (08/93)

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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.