Domaine de Chevalier is an estate on the rise, producing ever more impressive wines year after year. In modern times the 2010 towers as a legendary wine, an extraordinary accomplishment. When we tasted it from barrel, the 2018 vintage instantly reminded us of the 2010 yet with the promise of more, to surpass it. It has been awarded a staggering 99-100 points from James Suckling who declares ‘wow… Greatest ever?’. Antonio Galloni has awarded it 94-97 points, saying ‘the 2018 is simply majestic – that’s all there is to it.’ Jeb Dunnuck awards it 96-98 points declaring ‘it’s a heavenly Graves that will keep for 30+ years’. Finally, Lisa Perrotti-Brown awards it the highest ever from The Wine Advocate, with 94-96+ points.
Domaine de Chevalier 2018 is a masterpiece, which priced today at £652 per case of 12, or £326 per case of six is a must own wine. The wine is unmistakably First Growth quality at £54 per bottle, a contender for not only the value wine of the vintage, but one of the wines of the vintage. This is a colossus and will sell out instantly, one of those future legends everybody wants to own.
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Domaine de Chevalier is one of the few chateaux well known for producing both top class red and white wines. It is sited in Pessac Leognan, on a gravel hill top, it is set apart from other chateaux in a landscape surrounded by forest. The terroir is made up of thick gravel and sand, with a lovely subsoil of clay with a drainage system which the Estate built in 1962. The Estate is planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare and the vines have an average age of 30 years. The vineyard management uses 100% sustainable farming methods and only organic fertilisers.
The winery has some of the best technology in Bordeaux, including 80 hectolitre egg shaped cement vats. Vinification takes place in French oak, which once filled, rest in a cold room to bring the temperature gradually down; the only other chateau in Bordeaux that has one is Chateau Margaux. Domaine de Chevalier Red is aged in 40-75% new French oak for 18-22 months. It was classified as a Graves Premier Cru in the 1953 classification.
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