2008 Domaine de Chevalier
By Chateau Domaine de Chevalier
2008 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
Stewarded by the incumbent Bernard family since the mid-twentieth century, Chateau Domaine de Chevalier is a beacon of winemaking virtuosity nestled in the verdant enclave of Pessac-Léognan. The 2008 vintage of its flagship offering — the 2008 Domaine de Chevalier — is a particular talking point amongst connoisseurs and investors alike.
Precise and Poised: A Showcase of Vintage Character
The year 2008 was marked by climatic caprices, challenging vignerons across Bordeaux with a cool early summer but ultimately rewarding their resilience with an Indian summer that ripened grapes to perfection. This delicate balance is deftly captured within the 2008 Domaine de Chevalier; it is a vintage that speaks of both the trials and triumphs exerted by weather extremities.
Elegance is this vintage’s raison d'être, harmoniously combining complexity with classic structure. As I delve into its depths, I find a diverse bouquet of dark cherries, fragrant tobacco, and subtle earthy undertones – hallmarks of a finely aged Pessac-Léognan. On the palate, the experience transcends mere taste; the tannins are matured to silkiness, weaving seamlessly with vibrant acidity to create an architectural masterpiece in mouthfeel.
An Investment Worthy Vintage
Lovers of Bordeaux know that certain vintages resonate beyond their years, becoming encapsulations of history infused with potent potential for investment. The 2008 vintage at hand captures this sentiment astutely. Its age-worthy nature paired with the distinction of Chateau Domaine de Chevalier ensures that the 2008 Domaine de Chevalier promises more than enjoyment; it offers also an increase in economic allure over time.
As it stands, one should consider not only the sensory bliss but also the economic savvy in curating such a wine within one's portfolio. With each glass poured, reflections on returns — both flavourful and financial — can be contemplated with equal pleasure.
In sum, those investing in or enjoying the complex tapestry that is the 2008 Domaine de Chevalier will find themselves owners of a slice of winemaking history: one neatly bottled into an exquisitely refined embodiment of its year's unique challenges and victories.
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Scores and tasting notes
One of the fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados to consider buying, the 2008 is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Surprisingly backward for a 2008, it is medium to full-bodied with moderate tannins, lots of purity and abundant charcoal, black currant and floral notes. The sweetness of the fruit, depth of flavor and textured, lush mouthfeel in this medium to full-bodied, ageworthy 2008 are impressive. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. I would not be surprised if it turns out to be as impressive as the 2010.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #194
I really enjoy this rich and round wine, with subtle plum, tobacco and game aromas and flavors. Full and softly textured with lots of fruit and a caressing finish. Velvety tannins. So much chocolate too. Best after 2012.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 20th 2010
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Domaine de Chevalier 2008 has a very pretty bouquet with precise dark cherry, briary and vanilla-tinged fruit that is almost Margaux-like. The palate is medium-bodied with sinewy tannins. It is a little rugged and tough on the finish, which influenced my rather mean score, but it settled nicely in the glass and I am certain will be a very sound wine. Tasted January 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012