Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Bordeaux
R2,300
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98
JS
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'This has a complex nose of dried apple, green mango, grapefruit zest, dried honeysuckle and crushed almonds. It’s full-bodied with bright acidity and a dense, phenolic texture. Vivid and layered with fantastic precision. Very, very long. This needs time. Better from 2026.' – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 98/100 (Mar 2021)

'One of the iconic white wines of Bordeaux, produced in small quantities, this is a powerful and rich expression of ripe Sauvignon Blanc. The fruitiness, with its tropical hints, is enhanced by the wine's complexity, touches of spice and density. Drink this impressive wine from 2024.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 97/100 (Apr 2021)

'Gorgeous, with both rich and racy elements as lemon curd, shortbread and honeysuckle notes contrast with lemon pith, thyme and fleur de sel notes. Long finish has wet straw and paraffin hints, adding length and range.' – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 96/100 (Mar 2021)

'The Domaine de Chevalier 2018 Blanc, a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, offers up a gorgeous perfume of ripe Bosc pears, grapefruit oil, mandarin peel and lemongrass, leading to wafts of sea spray, lime blossom and beeswax. The medium to full-bodied palate has a seducing opulence, delivering layers of citrus, pear and floral-inspired flavors with a satiny texture and seamless freshness, finishing long with a spicy kick. It makes for a complex, decadently delicious wine right now, but give it 4-5 years in bottle to see it take on even more savory/toasty layers, and drink it for the next 10-12 years or more. Drink 2025-2037.' – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Mar 2021)

'The 2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has come together beautifully over the last two years. Rich and unctuous in feel, the 2018 offers terrific nuance to match its creamy, enveloping personality. Dried pear, marzipan, lemon confit and white flowers all build as the 2018 blossoms in the glass. The poised, deeply resonant finish is striking. I am so impressed with the 2018, a wine that is far more convincing in bottle than it was from barrel. Drink 2025-2048.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 95/100 (Mar 2021)

'This clearly has focus and stone-fruit steely determination. Clear opulence and density if not quite the grip of this wine in the very best white vintages. Excellent white pepper spice as it opens. Drinking Window 2021 - 2034.' – Jane Anson, Decanter, 94/100 (Nov 2020)

'The 2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has opened up since I tasted it from barrel; this half-bottle was allowed 30–45 minutes to open. It has a little more zip on the nose, the orchard fruit and touches of black currant and orange pith bursting from the glass. The palate is finely tuned with a superb bead of acidity, and more citric than the nose, still with that energy and tension and a light tang of marmalade and lemongrass toward the finish. While I maintain that it is not the best Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that I have ever encountered, it has gained more personality during its maturation and it should drink well for 20-plus years. Drink 2023-2040.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 93/100 (Mar 2021)

'There’s oak, clearly, but it’s refined and more oatmeal than spice. The citrus fruit has a hint of orange and there’s ripeness in an almost tropical note. On the palate, all this rich fruit continues but matched by citric freshness. Deep and long and should age well. Just a very slight note of (attractive) bitterness on the finish, which adds to the freshness. Drink 2022-2030.' – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17+/20 (Oct 2020)
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Blend information 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating JS 98
Producer information Domaine de Chevalier is family-run, producing long-ageing wines and one of the world’s greatest whites. It dates back to the late 1600’s and has belonged to the Bernard family since 1983. Since 2015, Domaine de Chevalier has been the first major Bordeaux château to use Diam corks. The 120-hectare estate Is located in the middle of a forest which protects the vines from extreme temperatures. sustainable farming methods are practiced in the vineyards and over 30 hectares of vines are farmed using biodynamic farming techniques.
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