Domaine de Chevalier 2007
Tasting Notes Domaine de Chevalier 2007
This is surprisingly soft and open now with Indian spices, berries and sweet tobacco. It's full and round with melted and round tannins. Perfect with Korean barbecue.
One of the vintage's top successes, this blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a juicy, black currant, forest floor, and soil-scented nose. Layered with brilliant precision, purity, and density, it is a medium to full-bodied, elegant, intensely flavored, soft, upfront blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. A good but not great 2007 from Olivier Bernard and his team. Here, the 2007 has quite a sweet blackberry and raspberry coulis nose with a touch of creme de cassis. At present, it is too dominated by the oak but this may subsume with time. The palate is medium-bodied with rather forced tannins, a little tough but it melts nicely to a plush pure finish. I feel that it would have improved with aeration and of course, bottle age, hence my optimistic plus sign. Tasted January 2011.