2005 Domaine de Chevalier

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan

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Community Tasting Note

  • Vine Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 19, 2020 - This is one of five 2005 Bordeaux's I have had from my cellar over the last 10 days. Chevalier, along with Leoville Barton and Pontet Cadet were outstanding - classic Bordeaux that is ready to enjoy.

    Leoville Poyferre was very good, but a hot finish kept it from being outstanding.

    The final wine Pavie-Macquin was totally undrinkable (I tried two bottles in one night with the same outcome). Stewed, cooked and porty - a fault somewhere at the winery or in transit, but not, I expect from storage at Vintages or my 57 degree cellar as, although I have had corked wines from my cellar, not cooked or stewed wines, which strongly suggests that the storage and handling of wine at Vintages was not the cause.

    Previous 2005's tried a while ago were Branaire-Ducru and Malescot St-Exupery which were both excellent. Still have not cracked a bottle of the 2005 Trotanoy and I look forward to that in 4 or 5 years!

    A great vintage in Bordeaux.

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  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/19/20, 10:26 AM - I own and have drank all of the wines in mention and agree with you that all of those wines are very good. I would especially underline the Malescot as the most elegant of the bunch. I own 2005 PM and own it in larger formats as well. I have not drank any yet, but most of the newer ones (2003 forward) that I have drank have been stewy, porty, and heavy. Especially the 2003... I think that this is the direction that the Chateau took after 2003. The older wines were much more elegant and allowed more terroir to grin through. I have taken this producer off of my buy list, along with a few other St. Emilions that follow this style now.

  • walkerjfw commented:

    8/9/20, 12:33 PM - Thanks for the note. I have the Chevalier in magnum, thinking it was several years away from being ready. Seems your tasting has this in a good window to drink...any guess on window and did the wine need a decant?

  • Vine commented:

    8/9/20, 12:43 PM - Yes - I did decant the 2005 Chevalier for probably a couple of hours. Suspect it will still hold for a few years, but it is awfully good right now! 🍷

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