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2017 Domaine de Chevalier

By Chateau Domaine de Chevalier

2017 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Embarking upon the esteemed terrains of Pessac-Leognan, the 2017 vintage from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier emerges as a testament to the resilient character of this noble estate. In a year that challenged Bordeaux's winemakers with early frosts, the château has deftly demonstrated how adversity can give rise to triumph.

 

A Vintage Defined by Vigilance and Expertise

The vineyards of Pessac-Leognan encountered a peculiar start to 2017, with April's menacing frosts sparing only those with prudent frost mitigation strategies. The resultant yield at Chateau Domaine de Chevalier tantalises with its scarcity and showcases the meticulous vineyard management that protected these precious grapes. The season proceeded under a watchful eye, inviting an alchemy of nature and nurture that culminated in an unexpectedly fruitful harvest.

 

An Ode to Terroir and Temperament

Within its crimson depths, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier expresses an aromatic symphony that unites dark cherries and cassis with the subtler undertones of earthy minerality – a signature Pessac-Leognan marvel. On the palate, it instantly entwines complexity with vitality; tannins are age-worthy yet accessible, promising investors both an immediate enigma and a long-term revelation. It is a vintage that whispers of its unique upbringing but resonates deeply with the timeless clout of its origins.

The poised embodiment of grace under pressure, this offering from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier is a discerning choice for astute collectors. Aligning prestige with promise, the 2017 vintage not only stands as an accomplishment in modern winemaking but also as a compelling investment opportunity – meriting contemplation by those who appreciate the profound narrative interwoven between vineyard trials and triumphant sips.

Investors keen on acquiring a slice of Bordeaux's resilient spirit would be well-advised to consider the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier from Chateau Domaine de Chevalier. 'Tis a vintage that encapsulates not merely the intrinsic value of rarity but also exemplifies how striving against climatic caprices can yield an exquisite testament to human fortitude and vinicultural finesse.

Current market price

HK$4,220.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

31.43

Scores and tasting notes

93-94

This is really delicious and round with soft and ripe tannins. Full body and juicy fruit. Shows ripeness and balance. A pretty wine to watch for the future.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com

93-95

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier opens with a cedary waft giving way to a good core of crushed black currants, blackberries and mulberries with suggestions of black truffles, tilled soil and black olives plus a hint of smoked meats. Medium-bodied with a good, solid frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is elegantly fruited yet well sustained on the mid-palate and long finish.

Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - robertparker.com

92-94

The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge was cropped at 34hl/ha between 11 and 29 September and is matured in 35% new oak for 18 months. It has a vivacious bouquet with quite generous black fruit, raspberry, brine and black olive that is well-defined and focused, if not possessing the complexity of the previous two vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly edgy tannin – layers of black fruit interlaced with melted tar and graphite, closing in a little towards the finish with a gentle grip. I appreciate the deft manner in which this fans out and leaves a mineral residue on the finish. A Domaine de Chevalier of refinement rather than power, one with “buvabilité” or “drinkability”.

Neal Martin - Neal Martin - vinous.com - May '18

88-91

The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is rather dense and powerful, but it is also not quite put together. Specifically, the focus and delineation that are such signatures of this wine are not present today. There is something about the wine's balance that is just not right. The coarse tannins and disjointed feel suggest fruit that may have been shocked during the April frost. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni - vinous.com - May '18

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