Domaine de Chevalier 1996
Tasting Notes Domaine de Chevalier 1996
While I have been critical of Domaine de Chevalier, because the wines have contained entirely too much aggressive oak for the amount of fruit, recent vintages reveal a more subtle touch with the wood. The 1996 has turned out beautifully from the bottle. It is an exceptionally elegant wine, with well-integrated oak, and tobacco-tinged, cherry and cassis fruit. It appears to be a return to the style of the seventies and early eighties. Lush, with excellent concentration, a beautiful texture, and a flattering, potentially complex aromatic profile, this medium-bodied wine should be at its finest between 2003-2016.
Last tasted blind at Farr's 1996 horizontal tasting. The nose is rather broody and still closed. The palate is dense with good definition though still backward. Quite linear, lacking complexity or flourish on the finish. Tasted September 2006.