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Domaine de Chevalier 2010

We have not tasted this wine for over ten years, so relying on tasters' notes is better. Suffice it to say that the updated scores remain in the range of 94 to 96 points, for example. And what continues to impress us after all these years is the fruit complexity added from liquorice, menthol and fresh minerals, as well As the class and balance on the palate. With a chalky finish, there is adequate concentration, power, freshness and finesse. Also, the elegant tannins for this excellent and long wine.

One of my all-time favourite wines from Domaine de Chevalier is a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savoury, expansively flavoured wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing 2009. This beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more, an opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex, and delicious than I thought from the barrel. 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013. Edited.

This shows beautiful aromas of flowers, raspberries and blackberries that follow through to an entire body with ultra-silky tannins and a long, long finish. It lasts for minutes. Best in 2018 or later. 96 James SuckingFebruary 2013. Edited.


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