Red

2008 Domaine de Chevalier

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 66

  • Motz wrote: (93 points)

    September 19, 2016 - From a half. Typical and expressive bouquet of blackcurrant, peppers, and gravel, though the scorched earth element common to Pessac-Leognan was absent. Generous, bordering on luxurious, and showing a highly appealing texture. Medium plus acid, medium tannins, superb balance, focused, precise. This bottle could have easily aged another 15 years. In a word, pure. 93-94.

    8 people found this helpful Comment
  • asparagus wrote:

    August 9, 2016 - NR. Unlike the bottle that a couple of us had shared a few months back, this sample was very closed and disjointed. Still very primary, but with graphite unmistakably on the nose. will put the remaining ones on ice for at least the next 5 years

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  • alanh13 Likes this wine: (89 points)

    June 5, 2016 - This was a half bottle stored in ambient conditions in a London apartment for 3.5 years (and 3.5 summers) for experimental purposes! I expected it to be a little cooked or some deterioration but couldn't fault it. The cork was in perfect condition with hardly a millimeter of red wine stain on its side. The nose was perfect, classic claret nose of blackcurrant and cigar box. No hint of cooked aromas at all. Slow-pour decant and drank straight away. The wine was great on the palate too. Classic claret, if any failing it perhaps lacked a little weight but no fault on the flavor. It began to close up a little. For some reason it didn't quite work with a good burger with truffled cheese. It seemed to lose flavor and the acid was more jarring. May just have not fully come together yet.
    I have a case of full bottle in perfect storage and think I'll give them another 3-4 years before trying. I have a feeler this will keep for a long time.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • johnh1001 wrote: (92 points)

    May 23, 2016 - Subtle nose of dark fruit, asphalt, wet stone and flowers. Beautiful balance. Love the minerals. Easy and open now but will improve of course

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Ron Van Holland wrote: (91 points)

    March 20, 2016 - Almost opaque dark ruby color. Medium but attractive nose. Graphite, cherry, strawberry, violet. Smooth but firm tannins and unostentatious fruit exemplify the overall balance and proportionality of this elegant wine. Nice Bordeaux have a flavor component that is hard to pin down, whether it's the barreling or the terroir, and this Chevalier enjoys a light impression of this quintessential Bordeaux characteristic.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2015, Issue #58, Domaine de Chevalier: Great White Bordeaux and Once Upon A Time, Home To the Graves’ Most Elegant Red Wine

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    February 2013 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/4/2012 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    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
    July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    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
    10/19/2010 (link)

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  • June 2009, Issue #24 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/9/2009 (link)

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2011 (link) 91 points

    (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)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010 (link) 17.5+ points

    (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.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2009 (link) (17-18+) points

    (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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine de Chevalier
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 3760115296244, 3760115296916, 400001351116, 714153156919

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 705 (15%)
  • In Cellars 3,587 (77%)
  • Consumed 379 (8%)

Food Pairing

Bignè al prosciutto cotto, hjort, okse, rike kjøttretter, vilt

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