Domaine de Chevalier 2009 - Pessac-Leognan
75 cl, 13.5%Vol
95 Parker Points
66% Cabernet Sauvignon / 28% Merlot / 6% Petit Verdot
Soil: Gravel, clayey-gravelly subsoil
Aging in 30% new wood, for 18 months with "batonnage" the first four months
Domaine de Chevalier 2009:
In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style.
The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific.
Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years. 95
For us, this is one of the best value for money - pleasure ratio of Pessac-Leognan.
So if you don't know it go for it!
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