is one of the few Graves
estates to produce both
first-class reds and whites, though it is for its whites that it is
particularly renowned. The property was purchased by the Ricard family in 1865
and remained in their hands until it was bought by the Bernard
distilling company in 1983.
Domaine de Chevalier is situated just outside Léognan and consists of
35 hectares of vines. The white wine accounts for only 20% of the production
and is typically a blend of 70% Sauvignon
Blanc and 30% Sémillon. The
grapes are hand harvested and the juice is then fermented in 100% new oak
casks. The wine remains on the lees in cask for 18 months, making it the
longest aged, dry white in Bordeaux.
Domaine de Chevalier is fortunate to have such a fine team to run its
affairs. Olivier, whose family business owns the estate, is the outgoing
but canny administrator whilst Rémi Edange is hands-on, knowing every
vine and every barrel. Whilst their white wines have always been amongst the
very finest, the reds were simpler affairs. But from the 1995 vintage onwards
greater flair and concentration was in evidence. The quality curve is now
further accentuated by the team's bold move to appoint Stéphane
Derenoncourt, of La Mondotte fame, as
Domaine de Chevalier is classified as a Graves Cru Classé.
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