September 13, 2020 - Tasted alongside the '14. This was more open and inviting, though was hoping for more. Red fruit profile. Showing ok already, though this can be a particularly long-lived Chateau.
August 12, 2020 - Coravin fun - Domaine de Chevalier rouge; 8/4/2020-8/12/2020 (My place, Kent Street): From Coravin. Pretty, soft berried and blackcurrant, sweet spice, a sense of roundness on the nose. With time bisuit, crunchy fruitiness, sweet spice and cedar join in a supporting role on th enose which proves to be rather charming. Everything that is so pleasing on the nose is present on the palate with grainy tannins in support. It's fleshy and juicy and utterly lovely. Balanced. Elegant. Long.
June 16, 2020 - No notes. Really enjoyed it. Good window for fruit but also will age nicely. A must decant to get to the secondary flavors.
March 11, 2020 - medium red color, coffee, approachable now in its youth, yet I will wait for more development, drink 2029-2043
February 23, 2020 - Decantered for 3 hours and then drunk over the following 3. Rich,dense, nice fruit (red berries), a little cola and coffee. Not overly tannic. Really quite approachable now
Lovely drop 93-94
February 15, 2020 - Nose with opulent, dark fruit: cassis, boysenberries, blueberries. Some warmth. Also a bit too much oak: coffe, cola beans and vanilla. On the palate pretty much the same story: lots of fruit, a bit too much make-up, especially evident towards the end. However, there is obvious quality and fruit enough to go another decade or two. Give this at least 5 more years and I believe we have a winner. Score is for tonight, 2-4 points of upside.
February 2, 2020 - Polished in a “crystalline fruit” sort of way. Berry liqueur, mesquite and lavender on a very refined structure. Drank with a two hour decant and it was firing. Drink this now for pleasure, not in the name of science.
December 30, 2019 - On the initial pull, more on the red berry fruit spectrum, with red and black cherry, red currant, wild red raspberry, creme fraiche, and strawberry seed. Not long after some exposure to air and some swirling in the glass, purple plum, licorice, and some wet stone emerge to offer enticing deeper tonalities that bring the already exquisite and balanced delivery into an even more alluring profile overall. Medium-bodied, this version of Chevalier isn’t an uber-intense powerhouse but impresses more for its seamlessness and subtle complexity evolution as it maintains a slow burn of sophistication throughout consumption.
Drinking well now, but will certainly benefit with 4+ years of bottle sleep. Try again in 2024. 95+ points.
December 24, 2019 - Coravin fun - Domaine de Chevalier rouge (My place, Kent Street): From Coravin. Polished oak, blackcurrant, brambles, jubey black fruits, a little coffee, touches of raspberry, vanilla, caramel. Juicy, rich, jubey, ripe fruit is bold, silky smooth tannins offer structure but also support. Lightly spiced. Beautifully balanced. Utterly approachable now but with the ability to age. Yum.
November 6, 2019 - Traditionalists, cover your eyes. This is not for you. It’s not full modern, with gobs of oak, and over the top richness, but damn it’s sexy wine. The fruit is ripe and suave, tannins present, but holding back, and the finish is long, and complex. Young Bordeaux is not supposed to be this inviting, while also being this balanced. Delicious.