Owned by the Bernard family since 1983, the beautiful Domaine de Chevalier is one of the finest Bordeaux Crus Classés. Like a secret garden, this iconic vineyard located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, to the south of Bordeaux, is surrounded by a green haven.
Domaine de Chevalier watches over a rare vineyard comprising 5 hectares of white vines. A true patchwork of terroirs, the Domaine de Chevalier vineyard is composed of black sand and fine white gravel soil and rests on a perfectly drained clay-gravel subsoil.
The mild weather at the beginning of the year, combined with an early spring, favoured the flowering period at the beginning of June. The summer was marked by stormy and humid weather conditions until the end of August, causing a delay in the ripening period. An Indian summer set in from the end of August to the end of October, combining strong sunshine with dry winds ensuring a good concentration, but also cool nights, ideal weather conditions to help reach optimum ripeness and refine the tannins.
The vinification and ageing
The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo successive selections based on their level of ripeness. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in barrels, as is the 18-month ageing period (1/3 new barrels), followed by regular stirring of the lees.
The dry white wine by Domaine de Chevalier 2014 comprises a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (75%) and Semillon (25%).
Pure and smooth, this fine white wine from Pessac-Léognan offers an appealing freshness, richness and an intense fruity expression. Throughout the tasting experience, citrus aromas are combined with a delicate mouthfeel and a beautiful minerality.
The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a beautiful white Pessac-Léognan. It offers a very succinct and focused bouquet of dew-speckled Granny Smiths, then flint and wet limestone, certainly a more stony bouquet than overt fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, exquisite balance, the citrus fruit dappled with white pepper and spices, but everything very judicious and nuanced. It offers wonderful persistence in the mouth, basically a class act that comes strongly recommended.