2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 97

A stunning example of what Domaine de Chevalier Blanc does at its best. Racy, fresh and crisp, with white flowers, honeysuckle, and citrus peel, the nose is quite showy. The palate is even more flamboyant, balanced between crisp, racy fruits, acidity, and sweetness, this is still on the youthful side. Give it another 5-7 years and enjoy it for another decade or two after that. 97 Points

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A thrilling white Bordeaux! The yellow citrus pops with its fresh, bright character along with honeysuckle, lemon way, orange, herb liqueur and vanilla. The wine is concentrated, lifted and citrusy with length and vibrancy. Drink this now, or wait 10-20 years, regardless of which way you go this is just great! 97 Points

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Domaine de Chevalier Blanc An explosion of lemon, guava, grapefruit, lime and fresh picked flowers poured over wet rocks make up the perfume. Thick, rich, incredibly concentrated and intense, this dense wine has the perfect amount of acidity to feel bright and fresh. This was the only wine from the Pessac Leognan tasting that was too good to spit. 96-98Pts 98 Points

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When to Drink Domaine de Chevalier, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine de Chevalier needs at least 8-12 in good vintages until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine de Chevalier offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Domaine de Chevalier with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Domaine de Chevalier is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Domaine de Chevalier Rouge is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Domaine de Chevalier Rouge is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta. Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a perfect wine to serve with all types of seafood, fish, shellfish, crab, lobster, chicken, veal, port, and of course a myriad of hard and soft cheeses.

In 1993, Olivier Bernard entered into a management agreement with Pessac Leognan estate of Domaine de la Solitude. In 2009, Olivier Bernard added to his already busy schedule when he entered into a second leasing agreement to produce and market the wines of Chateau Lespault-Martillac, also located in the Pessac Leognan appellation.

The Bernard family also maintains interests in the Sauternes appellation. Olivier Bernard is a partner in Chateau Guiraud. In 2012, Olivier Bernard added to their holdings in Sauternes with the purchase of Chateau Haut Caplane.

They quickly renamed the estate, Clos des Lunes. Clos des Lunes will focus on making dry white Bordeaux wine, as well as sweet, white Bordeaux wine. However, it is expected that Olivier Bernard and his team will focus more on the production of dry white Bordeaux wine at Clos des Lunes.