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2003 Domaine de Chevalier

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2003 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Steeped in the grandeur and savoir-faire of Bordeaux's Pessac-Leognan, the revered 2003 Domaine de Chevalier emerges as a testament to resilience amidst an exceptional heatwave during its year of vinification. This particular vintage echoes the adaptability and enduring spirit of Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, solidifying its stature within fine wine investment circles.


A Year of Triumph Over Adversity

The 2003 vintage, characterised by an intensely arid summer, presented formidable trials for Bordeaux vineyards. However, the deep-rooted vines at Chateau Domaine de Chevalier showed remarkable tenacity, yielding grapes that encapsulated concentrated richness and freshness, despite the climatic extremities. The result is a vintage endowed with compelling narrative and an exceptional ageing potential.


An Olfactory Palette Redolent with Complexity

The sensorial journey of the 2003 Domaine de Chevalier begins with its beautifully evolved nose; haunting aromas of smoked earth elegantly entwined with hints of truffle showcase depth and maturity. A sip reveals layers of luscious dark fruit balanced by a sublime structure which has benefited profusely from its years in repose. The finish—long and assuring—leaves an indelible impression of a vintage sculpted by nature's rigorous handiwork yet masterfully tamed by human craft.

Firmly established as one of Pessac-Leognan's beacons of excellence, the 2003 vintage from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier invites discerning investors to discover a formidable addition to their portfolio. In this celestial dance of the elements, we find a wine that proffers complexity and hearty resilience—a wine truly emblematic of its outstanding terroir.

In closing, the 2003 Domaine de Chevalier stands as a testament to the immutable bond between earth and vine—an illustrious wine that beautifully embodies the mercurial narrative of its vintage. Its profound elegance paired with investment-worthy heritage makes this bottle a sought-after jewel amongst connoisseurs and investors alike.

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I am loving the nose of white peaches, plums, and milk chocolate. So yummy. Full and juicy, with velvety tannins and a lovely freshness. Really charming, friendly, and enjoyable, but will still improve with age. Pull the cork after 2013.

James Suckling -, May 29th 2012


Right Bank consultant Stephane Derenoncourt was brought in as the lead consultant at this noble estate in Pessac-Leognan. As a result, the tannins are sweeter, the oak is more subtle and better integrated, and the wine is more textured and complex. An evolved, complex bouquet of black currants, forest floor, smoked herbs, and sweet cherries as well as currants emerges from the 2003. It displays supple tannin, medium to full body, beautiful purity, and a classic, elegant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2019.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #164


Tasted at Bordeaux Index's '10-Year On' tasting in London. The Domaine de Chevalier 2003 has a muffled earthy bouquet with mulberry, scorched earth and a touch of leather. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannins and plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit. There is an agreeable sense of symmetry and certainly admirable freshness to Oliver Bernard's wine. It does fade towards the chewy finish with sage and bay leaf, but this is turning into a decent Pessac '03. Tasted March 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2013

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