Light green-yellow color. Nose straddles the line between tropical and grassy. Complex, creamy palate; nice back-end mineral note; a touch confected; alcohol not noticeable; medium acidity; overall, excellent. Drinking nicely now, but --- from my perspective --- one doesn't buy this wine to drink this young, so Hold.
White Bordeaux and Sauternes/Barsac: Now this one was quite interesting. On the one hand it was clearly oxidized and with aromas of hay, dried figs and dried fruit in general. On the other hand the intensity and fruit concentration was not bad. Despite the oxidation, this wine was quite good. Palate had less signs of oxidation with flavors of lemon and fresh apple. Good length. I can only imagine how good this wine would have been in neat condition.
Dom. de Chevalier tasting (E & M's in the rocks, Sydney): Aromas o cream, butter, oak, slightly bruised apple and slightly funky notes. On the palate there are flavours of apple, cream, slight cinnamon spice, burr on the mid palate, bit of alcohol warmth and bitterness on the finish, with time touches of marzipan and almost bees wax and the bitterness dissipates. Nice
Dom. de Chevalier lunch (My place, parramatta, sydney): From Coravin. Cream, slight grass, apple, lemon, bees wax, butter and sweet spice. In the mouth it's juicy and fresh with slight mid palate burr, alcohol warmth encroaches and there are flavours of lemon, green apple, cream, touches of butter and a waxy viscosity. Hmm
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.
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.
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+
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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++
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.
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.
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?
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+
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.
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
Union des Grands Crus 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel - San Francisco): Fabulous expressive nose showing tons of white peach, fresh ripe papaya, lychee, charred oak, and a hint of melon. Dense palate, displaying more charred oak, papaya seeds, fresh lemon juice, and a powerful underlying citrus cut. Generous acidity with a long finish. Superb depth and richness on this wine, yet with great citrus and acidity to bring this into perfect balance. Outstanding.
Bordeaux First Growth Trip; 3/7/2012-3/9/2012 (Bordeaux): The first wine brought out by Remy Edange and a barrel sample from the 2010 elevage. It has a slightly green tinge and is still cloudy as it has not yet been fined - they'll do that later in the year with clay. A nose of honey and stone fruits, matched on the palate with characteristic high acidity that makes this work so well. Great minerality. The finish is very long. A buy.
Bordeaux Trip, 4 days, 1st and 2nd Growths; 6/14/2011-6/17/2011 (Bordeaux): Medium Gold color. Blend of 85% Sauv Blanc and 15% Semillion Blanc. This is certainly the finest white wine I have had to date. Tasted from the barrel, this was an absolutely ethereal experience. The nose is simply glorious, ridiulously complex, bright, vibrant fruits waft from the glass, incredible white peach aromas, pear, crisp green apple, tropical fruit, minerals, and the florals are amazing. So while I could sit and smell this all day, when this hits the palate it just sings. The fruit bursts like a laser beam, so bright and pure, peach, pear, citrus, tropicals, pineapple - WOW. Then there is this streak of minerality and such crisp clean acidity. Impeccable balance. No bitterness, no edges, and the finish is very long. It is hard to imagine anything better than this. Fabulous, Kudos, 98-100pts.
CellarTracker Bordeaux Trip; 5/23/2011-5/26/2011 (Bordeaux, France): Barrel sample. Amazing nose. Bright and fresh, emitting beautiful aromas of ripe tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, passion fruit, lychee, lemon and lime citrus, and some floral violet notes. I would have been happy spending the afternoon with my nose in the glass. Luckily, the palate did follow in it’s footsteps. Creamy yet crisp, with more tropical flavors. Guava, grapefruit, lemon peel, lime, and a nice note of minerality, followed by a touch of charred oak. Great medium+ acidity to balance it all off, with a medium+ length finish, ending with a note of pineapple. A real knockout. Outstanding.
CT Bordeaux Trip, Day 2 (Graves & Sauternes): Barrel sample. This was mind-blowingly good - possibly the very best Bordeaux blanc I have ever had. What a nose! Passionfruit, pink grapefruit, pineapples, lots and lots of musky white peaches and nectarine. A beautiful, beguiling bouquet. On to the palate, and wow, there was such beautiful wonderful clarity and freshness to the fruit that it was like biting into a fresh white peach. Past the midpalate, the pure stone fruit notes were lifted by a citrussy accent - I was thinking grapefruit and ripe lemons, maybe pineapples, with just a touch of ripe gooseberries, and then towards the long finish, all that fleshy voluptuous fruit leaned down into a beautifully sturctured, minerally tail. The wine was so mouthfillingly perfumed that you hardly noticed the little touch of oak at the very end. What a gloriously balanced, integrated wine, beautiful depth, great precision, amazing clarity, a wine full of beautiful things. This was magic in a glass. 94-96
Very pale green. Powerful zingy citrus nose with lychee and a touch of green grass. Ripe, sweet and oily with intense flavour and crisp acidity. Notes of creamy, sweet lemon posset and tropical fruit. Long nutty toffee finish. Superb.
Tasted this with Domaine Chevalier's proprietor, Olivier Bernard, during a wine tasting event. Exotic floral fragrance of jasmin and plumeria with such purity. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with flavors of tropical fruit flavors of coconut liqueur and lychee. There's bright acidity that keeps it very lively and upbeat, and has a finish that approximates eating a pineapple and lasts for a minute. Highly impressionable, savory, and just astonishing! Drink now until 2020.
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc An explosion of lemon, guava, grapefruit, lime and fresh picked flowers poured over wet rocks make up the perfume. Thick, rich, incredibly concentrated and intense, this dense wine has the perfect amount of acidity to feel bright and fresh. This was the only wine from the Pessac Leognan tasting that was too good to spit. 96-98Pts