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1996 Domaine de Chevalier

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1996 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The 1996 vintage in Bordeaux is often overshadowed by the legendary 1995 and the magisterial 2000, yet for enthusiasts of structured, age-worthy wines with punctuated vigour, this year has carved out its own distinctive pedigree. On the gravelly soils of Pessac-Leognan, where Cabernet blends find a harmonious expression of raw power and finesse, the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier emerges as a sterling example of subtlety in strength.


Embarking on the 1996 Journey:

The cool, extended growing season in '96 provided a triumphant playground for Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrived in these conditions, offering a backbone to this enduring vintage. Where lesser years buckle under frivolity or overt muscularity, the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier exudes a rigorous balance that has rewarded the patient investor and collector over two decades later.


1996: A Study in Refinement and Longevity

Uncorking the 1996 today unveils an aromatic tapestry interwoven with tertiary scents—mushroom, forest floor and a hint of tobacco leaf—in perfect concert with preserved notes of cassis and dark cherry. The palate then unfolds gracefully with layers of evolved fruit enmeshed in silken tannins, revealing how magnificently the wine has matured while retaining its vital core; a portrait of controlled elegance.

This harmonious evolution transforms the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier into a coveted asset for investors seeking wines with proven stability. Recommended drinking windows are often conservative estimates; rest assured, this classic remains open for exquisite tasting and vibrant discussion on its enduring merit.


Concluding Remarks on The Investment-Worthy Vintage:

In conclusion, the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier is a testament to the virtues that finely aged Bordeaux can offer to both the discerning palate and the astute investor. Beyond simply holding value, it exemplifies a resilience and aged sophistication that defines the best of Pessac-Leognan's offerings—a wise addition to any portfolio looking beyond immediate gratification towards longevity and grace.

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While I have been critical of Domaine de Chevalier, because the wines have contained entirely too much aggressive oak for the amount of fruit, recent vintages reveal a more subtle touch with the wood. The 1996 has turned out beautifully from the bottle. It is an exceptionally elegant wine, with well-integrated oak, and tobacco-tinged, cherry and cassis fruit. It appears to be a return to the style of the seventies and early eighties. Lush, with excellent concentration, a beautiful texture, and a flattering, potentially complex aromatic profile, this medium-bodied wine should be at its finest between 2003-2016.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #122


Last tasted blind at Farr's 1996 horizontal tasting. The nose is rather broody and still closed. The palate is dense with good definition though still backward. Quite linear, lacking complexity or flourish on the finish. Tasted September 2006.

Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal

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