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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 67 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine de Chevalier (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionGraves
AppellationPessac-Léognan
UPC Code(s)3760115296244, 400001351116

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2028 (based on 48 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine de Chevalier Rouge on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 61 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by RayOB on 2/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Drank at Goodman's
Quiet closed compared to my previous bottle but still lovely. (2301 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/3/2015 & rated 92 points: It took close to 3 hours of air before the wine softened and filled out. Elegant, in a classic way, the smoky, earth, blackberry, cassis and tobacco nose got better and better. Give this at least another 5 or more years. (2931 views)
 Tasted by pnwskibum on 1/18/2015 & rated 92 points: My first of three. Very good showing, this wine excels on the nose with spice and dark red fruits, reminds me of a rich Burgundy but you can sense this is pure Bordeaux. A little short on the palate but still brings lots of cranberries earth and spice, dry in the middle. A great value on futures at $42 (2566 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 12/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Drank in London
Nose of plumbs, earth, tobacco and spice. Smooth palate with a medium length. Very nice. (2806 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 9/13/2014: Decanted, tasted over 4 hrs (from 375 mL)
-opaque inky dark maroon
-somewhat reticent but rich, ripe plum, cassis, violet, sweet vanillin lurking
-med acidity, quite dense but tightly wound core not giving up much other than some earthy dark/black fruits, med tannins
-a serious somewhat brooding wine with solid potential, needs at least 5+ years to unwind (4662 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 7/22/2014 & rated 89 points: Sauce tomate,poivrons vert...cerise et chocolat.
Un trippe de bouffe en une bouteille.
Dans une période de dodo à mon avis ....
Le palais commence à être plus fatigué aussi.
À regouter dans 10-15 ans minimum.
89 pts (4666 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 5/12/2014 & rated 92 points: (at Petit Louis – Baltimore) Very good bottle that is drinking very well now. Deep garnet color with lovely mineral kissed cassis fruit. Silky texture that continues to a very good finish. Nice value. (92) (5395 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 4/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Commanderie de Bordeaux tasting/dinner. Medium-light ruby with garnet rim. Nose of spices, oak and some red fruit and damp earth. Delicate and light but aromatically interesting, still quite a step away from the best vintages. (5585 views)
 Tasted by neilemc on 4/17/2014 & rated 90 points: Violets and tobacco leaf, ripe red fruit, spice, and licorice. Not quite as appealing on the palate: too acidic, thins mid-palate, and tannins are a bit sticky. Still it has ripe dark fruit, mocha, and plenty of peppery spice. Needs more time but I doubt if it has enough substance to develop into a great wine. (5074 views)
 Tasted by eddie100 on 4/3/2014 & rated 93 points: Very good for 2008. Drink now (4313 views)
 Tasted by il_diavolo on 3/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark purple colour. Intense nose of dark cherry and charcoal - great nose. More mixed on palate - good fruit but perhaps still disjointed and needs time. Only a medium finish. Outclassed by the 2005 to be honest at this point. 91+ (3734 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/5/2014 & rated 89 points: Super nose, very fragrant, complex with ripe red fruit, liquorice, tobacco, graphite. Grippy and quite tannic on the palate, good fruit and length but slightly sharp acidity. Needs more time and surely will improve, but I liked it a bit less at this occasion. (4186 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 1/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark, purple. Rich, almost sweet nose, cassis, forest notes, liquorice, spices. Good balance, fresh, round, grippy, noticeable tannins, but well integrated and round, medium+ finish. Although approachable I would wait a couple of more years (2017+). 91+ (4267 views)
 Tasted by Average Wine Guy (MH) on 1/13/2014 & rated 91 points: 2008 Cabernet / Merlot Blends - New vs Old World: The 2008 Domaine de Chevalier is dark purple in colour with a nose of slight leather, plums and prunes. An entry on the palate of prunes, pluminess, sweet & fresh dark currants before progressing to underlying green capsicums. There's an excellent concentration in this wine that makes it stand out among the flight.

Beautifully structured with a good weight as flavours rest firmly (but not overwhelmingly) on the palate. Super fresh mid -palate and round indeed. Layered and soft in style, very well-balanced definitely. A refined, clean finish of medium (+) length. Brilliant and lovely characters for a 2008 vintage left-bank. Great value stuff. (4444 views)
 Tasted by ESCO on 11/23/2013 & rated 90 points: Well , where to begin ?

The best riches are oft found in unexpected places. 2008 was not thought a great year , Graves in that year not the best appellation. Expectation therefore low but realisation high.

The Chevalier was so pure it was a delight ; too young yes, by far, but an unexpected delight. Overpowering tannins try their best to mask the beautiful structure and uniqueness of the wine . This will not appeal to all palates, and really must be left to develop, but the potential oozes out of every drop. Classic berry fruit and pencil shavings dominate the nose but there are ethereal hints at so many other things it is pointless to name .

Biting tannins just beginning to soften, surround a dark red soul.Glorious red berry scents whiff the nostrils and the dream begins. Really outstanding stuff. Where this will end up , who knows ? Most commentators think it good, but we went one better and think it great ; better than an un-named first growth we tasted on the same night. It is better to sing the praises of one , than list the limitations of the other. Such is the guesswork involved we leave you with the thought that this wine in our opinion will be one of the ten best of the entire vintage in a decade's time.

OUTSTANDING....but far from complete....90+ (4633 views)
 Tasted by burgund on 5/23/2013 & rated 91 points: Much to early but still surprisingly approachable. Finely grained tannin, good balance, smoke, tobaco. Elegance especially on day 2, so just have to wait. 2008 is underestimated - really like the style especially in Graves. (7256 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 4/24/2013: Oops, again a slight mistake today, my 90 point of today concerns not the 2nd wine, but the 1st wine. (6797 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 4/24/2013 & rated 90 points: The best bottle at the Winefield's presale tasting, elegant in the nose and continuing in a medium body, a certain smoothness and a good balance; for mid term drinking. (1261 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 4/5/2013 & rated 91 points: Lunch bordelais (au Quartier Général): Une robe brillante, mauve, très jeune. Nez un peu sur l'élevage, chocolat et cerise. Belle bouche ronde, le fruit est d'une belle densité, très jeune mais aux tanins soyeux. Excellente bouteille. j'étais sur Pontet Canet 2008. 91+ pts (7082 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/26/2013 & rated 90 points: Blood red. Mocha and chocolate in the reticent bouquet; everything else is hidden. On the palate compact and concentrated. A lot of cherries and a lot of bitterness. Also chocolate, coffee and a touch of sweetness. Nevertheless it is a classical wine that needs at least another 6 years in the bottle. Do not open before 2019 is my suggestion after tasting this much too young bottle. 90++ (6290 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 2/4/2013: LCBO Tasting: A certain elegance, showing nice red fruit. Today it seemed to present a tad lean. Not overly worried. (6964 views)
 Tasted by Vin Lover on 1/13/2013 & rated 91 points: Quite a typical pessac nose - sweet tobacco, smoke charcoal, meaty with some earthy mushrooms, dry leaves, minty soy sauce coupled some lifted currants & capsicum notes. Same goes to the palate in terms of flavour profile. A bit backwards in my opinion as the fruits as now really showing, and has some fresh acidity and tight tannins. A good rounded balance, medium to full body wine here. Has a savory finish with some touches of sweet tobacco , spices and heat at the back. Expect to be even better. (5872 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 1/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Upon opening, nose is closed but the palate is just so so fine and silky and drinkable. After a few hours some smoky, gravelly, cranberry and blackberry notes emerge. Not a blockbuster, that's for sure. Quite "dry", with a full mid-palate and long, tannic finish. This needs another ten years to be in top form, but I suspect I'll drink most of my case in the mid/late twenties. (5763 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 12/30/2012: Opened as a taster to see how a case would age. The brilliance about these Domaine de Chevalier wines is that they fly under the radar of a lot of people, are priced sensibly and are packed full of Bordeaux character. This needs 10 years in the cellar to stretch its legs, but right now along with black fruit and firm tannins is a rich glycerin feel to the fruit cut through with pepper, liquorice, vanilla and minerals. Some raspberry touches coming through. Wont be a long lived one compared to other vintages, but should last a good 20 years without breaking sweat. I'd be tempted to leave until 2016 to broach again, and it will probably need more than that to fully flourish. Has a nice lithe and lean feel about it. (5753 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 6/17/2012 & rated 91 points: 65% cab sauv, 30% merlot, 5% cab franc. Complex, wonderful nose of baking spice, red fruit. Nicely balanced with a long, minerally finish. (8605 views)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, February 2013
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/4/2012)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/19/2012)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Re-Visiting the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage: Is It Superior to Both 2009 and 2010?
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Snapshot of the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage- Really a Lovely and Classically Proportioned Year
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/19/2010)
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2009, Issue #24
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/9/2009)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2011)
(Domaine de Chevalier) Opaque red violet color; intriguing, tart black fruit graphite, sweet oak nose; tight, tart black fruit, plum palate; medium-plus finish (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot)  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac-Léognan)) A really appealing almost creamy layer of fruit here, very dark in character, smoky and plummy, with just a hint of welcome sweetness. Grippy, complex, concentrated and interesting, with a lovely quality of fruit on the palate, broad and very well-formed, overall a very convincing style. This is really attractive, grippy and slightly sooty, with a well-composed finish. An excellent effort which wipes the floor with many of the offerings from the Médoc.  17.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2009
(Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan) Sweet and smoky dark fruits, with a properly sweet sense to the fruit character. A textured palate, with good substance, and sweet plum and blackberry fruit. Balanced. A lovely ripe extract, good backbone, overall a fine and harmonious wine.  17-18+ points
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