Domaine de Chevalier 2019 | Cru Classé de Graves
The Domaine de Chevalier vines are located on a gravel floor in a clearing in the middle of the forest. Of the one hundred hectares that the estate has, it dedicates 40 to vineyards with red grape varieties. Each plot is worked individually to get the most out of it. 65% Cabernet sauvignon , 30% Merlot , 5% Cabernet franc.
Extraction is smooth and natural in steel tanks, completed since 2014 with concrete tanks. Fermentation is natural, pump-overs and pigeajes are carried out, maceration from 15 to 25 days and aging from 14 to 24 months in barrels (between 40 and 60% new wood).
The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier is a magical wine in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild plums, crushed blackcurrants and violets mingled with hints of pencil shavings, subtle spices and coniferous forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, with a vibrant core of fruit, beautifully refined tannins and lively acids, it's exquisitely elegant and harmonious, concluding with a long, perfumed finish. Stylistically, this wine exhibits a much closer affinity with the great Domaine de Chevalier of yesteryear than much of what was produced here in the early 2000s. It's a masterclass in what contemporary Bordeaux can deliver, and worth a special effort to seek out.