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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 28 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine de Chevalier (web)
VarietySémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
DesignationBlanc
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionGraves
AppellationPessac-Léognan
UPC Code(s)3760115297821

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2031 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine de Chevalier Blanc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 42 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 6/14/2015: Completely different experience compared to the '09 a number of months back. This had a nutty almost oxidized aspect which really threw me off. It drank better on day 2 which leads me to believe (hoping) the wine is working itself out. Forget for 3 years. (870 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 5/25/2015: From Coravin. PnP would be the metaphorical equivalent. Aromas of toast, butter, slight sweet spice, marzipan and almond, there are fruity and herbaceous notes but they are quite muted at this juncture for me. In the mouth that oak note is to the fore and rather dominates proceedings over slightly tart notes. Needs a lot more time for me. (1022 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 5/9/2015 & rated 95 points: Expressive and detailed on the nose with lots of depth and complexity. Rich, tropical fruit notes, hints of herbs, lime fruit, creamy oak. Beautiful. On the palate super vibrant, punchy, saline, powerful and very very long. 94-95+ (1303 views)
 Tasted by stayhappy21 on 12/5/2014 & rated 86 points: Tasted this wine during the Bordeaux Masterclass 2010 Vintage at Tower Club, Singapore.

Colour is pale yellow, with ripe guava, grapefruit and vanilla on the nose. Made in a different style from the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the wine carries more weight and has more serious overtones.

On the palate there were initial sensations of limestone and wet rocks. After half an hour, the sharp acidity and freshness of the wine stands out. Probably in an awkward stage right now, not as impressive as it should be. (2723 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 11/28/2014 flawed bottle: Tasted during a Wine Advocat event - A matter of taste. Medium light yellow. Expressive nose of pineapple, citrus and minerals with a slight oxidative touch, an off bottle? The palate was good again with good freshness and depth. To be revisited. 92-94? (2668 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 11/22/2014 & rated 92 points: A matter of taste - Singapore (Singapore): Followed the 2012 de Fieuzal Blanc. Tried this from two bottles as the first bottle seemed a bit oxidized. Obviously a very different animal to the 2012 Fieuzal: much more concentrated, oily texture, exotic fruit on the nose. The palate seems a bit closed, I guess this needs more time. Very good but not really my kind of white, this was missing the freshness that the 2012 de Fieuzal seemed to have in excess. (2534 views)
 Tasted by Nicholas81 on 11/22/2014 & rated 94 points: Beautiful nose that explodes with citrus, flowers, flint and minerals with some lemon on the back. The palate was very balanced with sweetness from the semillion and the acidity from the sauvignon. Totally balanced and very full bodied. One of the best whites i've tried. Finish was long. The star of the wine was the incredible nose. (2057 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/10/2014: Again, hard to rate this now as it's really not showing what it has yet. It's pretty incisive and precise, lots of mineral notes with a saline texture, not so much citrus or other fruit notes. Will try and wait many years before trying the rest I have, hopefully I can wait ten years or more as it might take that for this to really show significant development. (2224 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 10/30/2014: The Greatest Dry Whites, A fine wine tutored tasting with Mark Pardoe MW (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): This is currently in a transition phase we believe. The nose is a muted mix of slight oxidation and hints of ripe fruits. Feels closed and not in a happy place. The palate is good though, citrus, very mineral and big. Hopefully time will bring it to life but on the day it wasn't there. We will not rate at this encounter. (1699 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/12/2014: Good but young and hard to assess. A-? (2159 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/28/2014: I had this at the UGC in SF in 2013 and it was the wine of the night for me. I had it this time under not ideal conditions as it was not so chilled and we had already had a lot of wine before it. My sense is that it needs a lot more time to really open up. It's currenty a bit zesty, and seems to have some carbonation, but its pedigree still shows - there's a saline oilyness on the extended finish that is pretty beautiful - really mineral driven. There's a verve and energy about this. This will keep getting better for at least another 25 years or more though, so it's a shame to drink it now. (2755 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 11/16/2013 & rated 90 points: clear, pale, in color. wet straw, floral, river rock, mineral, lemon, on the nose. lemon, mineral, lime peel, toast, on the palate. high acid on this crisp finish. (4011 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 9/15/2013 & rated 93 points: Asher's 1st Birthday (Alex's place): This wine absolutely blew me away when I tasted it from barrel two years ago. Back then, manager Rémi Edange warned that it would take a good 8-10 years in the bottle before coming anywhere close to how it showed in the barrel; still, I could not resist snapping up a case en primeur. It was thus a great opportunity to see how this was doing when Ming brought a bottle to dinner. He had opened it 3 hours before serving it blind, but even then, it was far tighter and less expressive than in its infancy. No mistaking it for anything but a top-end Bordeaux blanc though, even just from its lovely nose of cream and nuts underlying the ripest gooseberries, passion-fruit and green mango scents. Tighter for sure, but still lovely. Unfortunately, the palate was really way, way too young. It showed great promise though, displaying a ripe depth alongside a lovely sense of definition, precision and focus, with solid minerality running like a laser-like beam through fleshy notes of mangoes, gooseberries, passion-fruit and cream. Along with really fresh acidity that gave a firm backbone to the whole package, this was really impressively built. - rich, deep, yet always light, almost lithe on its feet. It had a long, long finish too, slightly nutty, with some oak inflections flecking nicely round and fleshy fruit, and underlined by more of that lovely minerality and a nice, spicy linger. A baby, but so very good; actually super-complex considering how young this was. However, it was all just slightly muted compared to the exuberantly expressive, almost explosive wine we tasted from barrel. My own bottles will remain untouched for sometime yet. 93++ (4814 views)
 Tasted by mclancy10006 on 7/12/2013: A bit more mellow and restrained than I recall from May 2011 tasting, but floral notes on the nose and layers on the palate. Needs to open a bit in the glass before it woke up.

No detailed notes, but paired well with seafood dishes. (4361 views)
 Tasted by Libiamo! on 7/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Despite the fact that only 25% new oak was used, the nose shows a lot of buttery note at first (needs time to integrate?), but fortunately there is enough fruit to balance it. Lemon, lime, tropical fruit notes such as green mango, green pineapple, wet stone. On the palate, medium plus acidity, long finish with minerality. Well-balanced. 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon. (3736 views)
 Tasted by Monkey grapes on 2/28/2013 & rated 98 points: Fresh lemon with floral scent, goldilocks colour, orange, a bit of cool climate tropical fruit. Beautifully balanced with just right amount of oak! Long, with so much more coming through finish and readily accessible at this age! Ordered.

Drank the SML 09 (100 points) just a few weeks ago, and it was nothing memorable compared to this. Maybe I should just rate this 101 points down the road? (3221 views)
 Tasted by DonalOB on 2/28/2013 & rated 96 points: Grande Bordeaux Tasting, 2010 (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong): Was served by the owner, Olivier Bernard - he looked a bit grumpy pouring wines for the mob but he chatted to us.
This is a 'Moon' vintage not a 'Sun' one. He double decanted the wine to open it up.
Last time I tried this in Bordeaux it had not yet been fined - now it's very clear and yellow-green.
Apple, melon and peach - just a hint of tropical fruit. Crisp as you like and mineral with it. This will last an age. (4815 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 2/23/2013 & rated 92 points: I always love the Blanc from Domaine de Chevalier as they are relatively good value compared to say Pape Clement Blanc or the Haut Brion Blancs. I never had a bad Blanc from this address before and certainly not the 2010 too. In fact, this is my favorite Blanc today. This may not have the power of the pape clement or the concentration of the smith haut lafitte but this is all about harmony that flirting with its elegance and finesse. Fresh cut grass, citrus lemon, pink guava with touch of roasted nuttiness gently coated the palate with good depth and saline complexity. Very long and juicy finished. Refreshing and classy. 92-93+ (3551 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 1/25/2013: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2010 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON): Great body. Nice citrus and oak interplay. Solid finish, long. Marshmallow. Purchased. (3337 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 1/23/2013 & rated 93 points: 2010 Bordeaux UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel, Chicago IL): Nose: There is real depth that strikes you right off the bat. Supporting that depth ate gorgeous tones of citrus, white fruits, creams, along with loads of minerals and crushed rocks.

Taste: Medium bodies with medium+ acidity and classy tones of citrus, pears, creams, crushed rocks and some nutty tones on the backend.

Overall: This is a real quality young Bordeaux blanc. There is room to improve as well if some time is given to it. (2721 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 1/23/2013 & rated 90 points: UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL): Typical exotic nose from Chevalier. This, however, had a lot of oaky spiciness - a bit distracting if I'm being honest. The palate had nice tropical fruits, and a pleasing density. While the oak was the story here, the underlying fruit will hopefully emerge with time. There's a part of me that thinks this could turn into something like the 1991...but not reach the heights of the 2001 or 1987. (3467 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 1/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Very tight on the attack, some richness in the mid-palate, long finish, really gorgeous, explosive nose. (2230 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 1/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Has a lightness and freshness on the nose with sweet, quality fruits – probably the prettiest of all the whites today. On the palate, a touch heavy, a bit more powerful and dewy than I prefer. Good acid here though, so this should age gracefully. 92-93 (1778 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 1/19/2013 & rated 95 points: 2010 UGC Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel, SF): Citrus, gooseberry; oily but fresh, burst of citrus fruit, excellent acidity, long finish, superb on the palate with a tingly component. 93-96+ (2682 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/18/2013 & rated 93 points: 2010 Bordeaux at 2012 Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California): Light yellow color; very appealing, lime cream, smoky, green fruit nose; tasty, poised, lime cream, ripe green fruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish (2284 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/1/2014)
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JancisRobinson.com (1/24/2014)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, August 2011
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/3/2011)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2011, Issue #32, The 2010 Bordeaux Vintage: Very Ripe, Very Tannic and With Just A Few Great Successes
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2013)
(Domaine de Chevalier Blanc) Light yellow color; very appealing, lime cream, smoky, green fruit nose; tasty, poised, lime cream, ripe green fruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2011
(Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)) Certainly an intriguing nose here, rich and expressive with exotic nuances, the creamed yellow plum backed up by rather distinctive notes of lychee. There is also a sweet, fruit-gum intensity to the fruit which doesn't entirely appeal. The palate is fleshy, rather full, rich and - as with many of the other wines from Pessac - although there is acidity here it doesn't meet up to the needs of the rest of the wine. Attractive but again, in the richer style when I would prefer more zip.  16-17 points
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