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2013 Domaine de Chevalier

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2013 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

The 2013 vintage of Pessac-Léognan carries with it a narrative of meteorological adversity, ultimately bestowing its wines with a unique character, particularly the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier. This estate, renowned for its finesse and longevity, rose admirably to the challenge of a year that was seen by many in Bordeaux as a tightrope walk between precocity and poise.


A Stalwart Vintage against the Odds

In 2013, Bordeaux experienced variable weather that culminated in one of the most challenging harvests in recent memory. Amidst this backdrop, Chateau Domaine de Chevalier managed to craft a wine that is a testament to the resilience of their terroir and the dexterity of their team. A harmonious blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, it deftly balances fruit precision with an undercurrent of savoury minerality.


Genteel Elegance Meets Investment Merit

The vintage's coolness whispers through the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier's profile, marked by vibrant acidity and layers of redcurrant, cedar and graphite. The wine’s understated power suggests considerable cellaring potential—a prized feature for investors. Its tannins, while present, are wrapped in a velvet glove of refined French oak that hints at the capability to evolve gracefully over time. As such, this particular year's offering remains one of quiet assurance within the estate's illustrious portfolio.

For devotees and collectors seeking a wine investment with both pedigree and promise, the 2013 vintage from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier merits attention. It stands as a beacon of Bordelaise tenacity—a silver lining scribed into each bottle against the odds of an unforgiving season.

In summation, the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier warrants recognition not just for its undeniable quality but also as a paragon of what can be achieved in less-than-ideal vintages. It is a collectable specimen that will undoubtedly enrich any investor’s cellar and potentially yield notable dividends as it matures.

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Made from an unusual blend for this great estate, the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot (no Petit Verdot), and the total production was less than half of normal. The wine achieved 13% natural alcohol, but yields were frightfully low. The result is an outstanding effort in this frequently disappointing, average quality vintage. The wine possesses a deep plum/ruby color as well as a sweet bouquet of incense, charcoal, red and black currants, and loamy soil. Medium-bodied with good texture, depth and purity, sweet tannins, and present but unobtrusive acidity, it should drink nicely for 12-15 years. Once again, it proves that Domaine de Chevalier often accomplishes impressive things in so-called “off” vintages.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014

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