2020 Domaine de Chevalier (Rouge), Pessac-Léognan
GBP 282 IB per case of 6x75cl EP
95-97+ points WA, 95-97 points AG
One of things that makes Domaine de Chevalier unique is how it achieved fame in a relatively short time compared to the majority of Bordeaux great growths, which took several centuries to acquire a similar status. Only three men have managed Domaine de Chevalier from time it was acquired by Arnaud and Jean Ricard in 1865 until it was purchased by the Bernard family in 1983.
Since then, the vineyard, currently in full production, has been appreciably expanded and all aspects of winegrowing were revisited. They cleared trees, constructed buildings, and reconfigured the vineyard. Nothing was left to chance… Even though the transition was smooth, the estate’s whole appearance, as well as its image, changed greatly.
What matters most is the philosophy behind the long term commitment Olivier Bernard made to Chevalier more than thirty years ago, which he has deepened and never deviated from ever since. The philosophy he has instilled, with the help of his team, all revolves around quality and balance.
|Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Domaine de Chevalier comes skipping out of the glass with energetic scents of ripe red and black currants, fresh blackberries and boysenberries, plus nuances of wild sage, cloves and cedar with a waft of lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate surprises and delights with an unexpected richness and depth that remains locked away on the nose, revealing layers of fragrant earth and floral notions framed by fantastic freshness and firm, finely grained tannins, finishing with the most gorgeous, long-lingering perfume. 95-97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, WA
The 2020 Domaine de Chevalier is going to need a number of years to unwind. Rich, heady and super-concentrated, the 2020 is so impressive, right out of the gate. Crushed rocks, rose petal, cedar, pomegranate and mint all build as the 2020 shows off its vibrant, layered personality. Domaine de Chevalier remains one of the most under the radar wines in all of Bordeaux. The 2020 is an absolutely brilliant effort from Olivier Bernard and his team. Tasted two times. 95-97 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous