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2009 Domaine de Chevalier

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2009 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

With patience and attentiveness, one uncorks a bottle of the 2009 Domaine de Chevalier from the revered Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, and is immediately rewarded by an offering that stands as a testament to the bounteous vintage of 2009. For those ensconced in the world of fine wine investment, this particular vintage exemplifies the zenith of investment-worthy collectibles.


An Exemplar Year for Pessac-Leognan

The 2009 Pessac-Leognan vintage is renowned for its precocious nature, having adeptly assimilated the genuine ripeness brought forth by generous sunshine, while maintaining gracious acidity levels thanks to cool evenings. The 2009 Domaine de Chevalier, specifically, attains a zenith of balance; opulent fruit interlaces with virile tannins, creating an impetus for longevity. Investors take note: this is a vintage to watch as it matures gracefully in the bottle.


A Symphony of the Terroir

Bearing testimony to a splendid terroir and meticulous vinification processes, the 2009 Domaine de Chevalier reveals itself through layers—initially exuding ripe blackcurrants and plums alongside subtle smoked herbs. Swirling the glass unveils hints of graphite and wet stones, hallmarks of the vineyard's gravelly soils. On the palate, one experiences depth and poise; it's a wine unfurling complex undertones of mocha and forest floor that will only become more pronounced with time.

True wine connoisseurs will appreciate how climatic beneficence has been masterfully captured by Chateau Domaine de Chevalier in this exemplary vintage. The intricacies delivered by this Bordeaux red are poised for investors seeking to adorn their collections with distinguished Pessac-Leognan offerings.


The Alluring Investment Potential

Embracing an investment prospect such as the 2009 Domaine de Chevalier transcends mere acquisition; it signifies holding part of an exceptional chronological vignette in oenological history. As I encase my review within these digital pages, I trust that this narrative will stir enthusiasts and investors alike towards securing their own portion of this cherished Bordeaux legacy.

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Aromas of blueberries and lemon rind. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and bright fruity finish. Refined and beautiful. Layered wine. Pure fruit. Gravelley. Stoney. So classy and complex. Try in 2020.

James Suckling -, February 14th 2012


In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199


Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Domaine de Chevalier ‘09 has a very refined, very pure, almost understated nose that blossoms with aeration. There is wonderful delineation and precision here, although none of the dials are turned up to max. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe, silky smooth tannins and a delightful citrus fresh finish. Superb. Tasted January 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

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