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2004 Domaine de Chevalier

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2004 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The 2004 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier represents a classic vintage from the Pessac-Leognan appellation, illustrating the adept winemaking that rises to meet the challenges presented by the climatic idiosyncrasies of Bordelaise weather. The coolness of this year has lent itself to creating wines that require patience -- to unfurl their nuances and complexities over time.


Confident Evolution for Discerning Investors

As of its current state, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier is a testament to the staying power of meticulously crafted Bordeaux. For the fine wine investor, it showcases an assured potential for continued evolution within one's cellar. With almost two decades of maturity, it entices with its subtle progression from vivacious youth toward a more complex and entrenched dignity.


Elegance Despite the Elements

The year 2004 in Bordeaux did not come without its challenges; yet it was one where diligent vintners like those at Chateau Domaine de Chevalier excelled. Understated upon release, the 2004 vintage has bloomed gracefully, revealing a nuanced bouquet that elegantly intertwines layers of redcurrants with hints of cedar and truffle. Its palate is marked by a harmonious balance -- well-structured tannins coalesce with a refined acidity to support an array of black fruits and earthy undertones.

A vintage that might have been overlooked initially, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier exhibits a quiet authority and depth which belies its reserved beginnings. Today, it emerges as a wine that has been sculpted by time into a portrait of restrained power and poise.


In Conclusion: An Intriguing Prospect for Collectors

The deft interplay between maturity and vibrancy in this particular vintage makes the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier an intriguing prospect for collectors and investors alike. It stands as one of those remarkable instances where time rewards those with foresight, presenting a wine that continues to ascend in complexity and allure. The ability to identify such potential is the hallmark of astute wine investment; in this regard, the 2004 vintage from this esteemed Bordeaux estate should not be underestimated.

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This note was taken at the chateau and the bottle showed better than the one in London the previous week. The 2004 is very expressive on the nose, showing more vigour than the 2002 with pure blackberry, cedar and gravel aromas. Good definition. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a nice level of dryness and austerity and good acidity. Very well balanced with a sense of symmetry and precision to it. Cedar and tobacco, a touch of burnt toast towards the very focused finish. This is a great 2004 from Domaine de Chevalier. Excellent. Drink 2014-2020+ Tasted September 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2009


Thankfully, this estate appears to have scaled down their use of new oak as the wood component is much more subtle than in previous vintages. The classic southern Graves version of elegance, the 2004 Domaine de Chevalier exhibits aromas of lead pencil shavings, sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, cedar, spice, and subtle smoke. Medium-bodied with outstanding purity, richness, and texture, this soft, round beauty is ideal for drinking over the next 15+ years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #171

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