2007 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Graves

2007 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Graves

Product: 20071173547
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2007 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Graves

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An explosive nose of pineapple, grapefruit and slight citrus overtones heralds the spiced pears and pineapple which continue on to the powerful yet refined palate, with a precise balance of acidity. The finish lasts at least 10 minutes and no doubt this wine will go on for at least a decade... What more can a wine offer? This truly is one of the finest dry whites I have tasted in a long time and if you don't have a case, or two, in your cellar, I would strongly advise you pick one up before they sell out.
Ben Upjohn -Berrys' Cellar Plan Team - Sept 2008

We thought Olivier Bernard's 2006 was sensational, but this has a length and intensity that takes it to an even higher level. From its divine, pure, creamy fruit nose to the seamless, explosive finish that must have lasted 20 minutes, this is nigh-on perfection. Powerful, refined pineapple, citrus, pear and minerals form its core, while firm, perfectly-integrated acidity ensures a glorious future ahead. On a par with Haut-Brion's epic 2007, it is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the finest white Bordeaux ever made.
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About this WINE

Domaine de Chevalier

Domaine de Chevalier

Domaine de Chevalier is one of the few Graves estates to produce both first class reds and whites. 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 has 35 hectares of vines and red wine accounts for 80% of the production. Made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.

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 consultant winemaker. Domaine De Chevalier is classified as a Graves Cru Classé.

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Pessac-Leognan

Pessac-Leognan

In 1986 a new communal district was created within Graves, in Bordeaux,  based on the districts of Pessac and Léognan, the first of which lies within the suburbs of the city. Essentially this came about through pressure from Pessac-Léognan vignerons, who wished to disassociate themselves from growers with predominately sandy soils further south in Graves.

Pessac-Léognan has the best soils of the region, very similar to those of the Médoc, although the depth of gravel is more variable, and contains all the classed growths of the region. Some of its great names, including Ch. Haut-Brion, even sit serenely and resolutely in Bordeaux's southern urban sprawl.

The climate is milder than to the north of the city and the harvest can occur up to two weeks earlier. This gives the best wines a heady, rich and almost savoury character, laced with notes of tobacco, spice and leather. Further south, the soil is sandier with more clay, and the wines are lighter, fruity and suitable for earlier drinking.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. la Mission Haut-Brion, Ch. Pape Clément, Ch Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Ch. Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Ch. Carmes Haut-Brion, Ch. La Garde, Villa Bel-Air.

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Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate93/100
Jancis16/20
Decanter16.5/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate93/100
The 2007 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has long been an exemplary white Bordeaux. Now, as it approaches double figures, it continues to give immense pleasure. Initially, the bouquet is not dissimilar to the previous bottle in 2011 with grapefruit, wet gravel and fresh Granny Smith apples, developing an intriguing licorice note as it opens in the glass after 20-30 minutes. The palate is very well balanced and has developed a touch of viscosity in recent years. The acidity imparts tension and liveliness, lime and grapefruit towards the finish that appears to have opened up. What a pretty Domaine de Chevalier! I would start drinking bottles now, but it will easily last 20-25 years. Tasted June 2016.
Neal Martin - 30/06/2016 Read more
Jancis16/20
"Water white! Catty, straight Sauvignon Blanc aromas. Lightweight but easy and flinty. Nothing to complain about but nothing to really get your teeth into either. Very dry austere finish. Maybe this just needs a lot of time! Clean and dry…. This wine could be said to be the dry white Figeac in that it so often needs far more time to show well than the primeur circus allows."
Jancis Robinson - www.jancisrobinson.com - Apr 08 Read more
Decanter16.5/100
Not pronounced, lightly aromatic nose. Crisp and fresh, with nice, sweet fruit and a fine seam of acidity. Appealing, with good fruit sweetness and balance. Long and crisp finish. Understated. Mid-term. Read more