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Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Spectator, 95 The Wine Advocate, 95 Wine & Spirits, 94 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux White Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Item no. 103522
The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, with the unusual feature of being remarkably well suited for cellaring, is recognized as one of the world's finest dry white wines.
Managing Director, Olivier Bernard, explains the philosophy behind Chevalier's white wine: "Our winemaking methods do not concentrate solely on fruitiness. We also focus on the quality of extraction, and barrel-ageing. This results in a complex, crisp wine that is never heavy, and has a long aftertaste. We do everything in our power to bring out the white wine's excellent ageing potential".
Displays lemon, honey, mineral, fennel seed and lime aromas. Full-bodied, this fills the mouth with lime, apple tart and vanilla character. Very, very intense. Fantastic. Needs time to come together. The best white from this estate in a long time. Best after 2014. 2,080 cases made.
Domaine de Chevalier's fabulous 2005 white offers terrific acidity, body, and texture as well as high acidity, which suggests this wine should enjoy an incredibly long life. I recently had the 1985 at a charity dinner, and it is still remarkably youthful. The 2005 may last just as long, if not longer. Hints of figs, licorice, honeysuckle, and lemon oil are accompanied by a concentrated, dry, nearly austere wine, but there is so much going on, that it should be prodigious with another decade of cellaring. It will last for 30-40+ years.
The freshness of this wine feels timeless. It's still there four days after the bottle was opened, a beautiful fruit presence that's as essential as the feel of summer rain, rather than the taste of any fruit that rain may become. Depending on the moment you approach the wine, it's become a complex range of flavors, perhaps dried pineapple, orange pith or sour cherry, jasmine, honeysuckle or ginger. The descriptions may be overwrought, but the wine remains reserved (the wine makes me think of Catherine Deneuve, which is enough to make me happy). This will live well for 20 years or more.
A crisp, citrus wine, with good fresh fruit flavors. This has clean acidity, along with its ripe fruits, tempered with a touch of wood. As it develops, this wine will become bigger and more important
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points