Wine Details

Domaine de Chevalier • l'Esprit de Chevalier
Grand Cru Classé Graves
France • Bordeaux • Pessac-Léognan
2005 (1 in Cellar)
Jeff Tolmie - 12.09.2008
Rich and aluring garnet color. A full but refined nose, once again of blueberries and blackberries. I also get a strong fizzy soda note on this, as well as tobacco and a little dry earth. Beautifully complex. In the mouth you notice that it is still very young, since the fruits are fighting to compete with strong fine tannins and great acids. It is edgy and puckery. This wine can easily last a few more decades. Closed in at first, this vintage opened out and easily passed the 2003 after an hour of airing.
This has quite a classic cassis scented nose with aromatic coffee bean aromas adding a little interest and individuality. Refined and well crafted on the palate, this has an easy, supple nature with ripe tannins offering support in the finish. Soft and easy, with berry, sweet tobacco and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with round tannins and a medium finish. Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier. Best after 2011.
2003 (3 in Cellar)
Jeff Tolmie - eWine - 27.11.2008
Medium dark red brown - slightly cloudy. The nose is surprisingly closed - I get a little elderberry. There are also typical Bordeaux notes of barnyard, and something vegetative like boiled gherkin. In the mouth there are fantastic flavours of ripe black berries. I really like the complexity and finesse in these wines.
Dio - eWine - 27.11.2008
Rubinrot mit leichten Brauntönen, in der Nase Gemüse, Kräuter und "Bauernhof", eine runde Sache am Gaumen, ausgewogen, Abgang wirkt alkoholisch und wässrig, sehr verhalten. ★★★↑
Jeff Tolmie - 12.09.2008
Fantastic complex aromas in this wine. Blackberries and blueberries combine with pepper and herbs of provence. After a few hours it developed a mild damp pong like forest mulch. In the mouth delicous and elegant. The fruit is ripe but not pushy and the tannins are fine. Good but not great acid, perhaps an indication of the very hot year. Long interesting finish. These are a joy to drink.
Volle Kirscharomen und eine an Edelhölzer erinnernde Nase sind der erste Eindruck. Am Gaumen saftig und creamig zeigt dieser kleine Bruder von Domaine de Chevalier, daß er gut mithalten kann. Ein eleganter Wein mit Potential.
eWine - Rotwein Highlights
Jeff Tolmie - 25.10.2005
Deep red brown, rich. rich complex ripe Blackberry, earthy spice, maybe tobacco. Ripe dark toasted berries, full round tannins and acid. Definitely strong in earthy spicy notes. Very long, with lingering rich berries and smooth tannins. Nice and savoury, with excellent complexity. Great balance with rich fruits. Delicious.
This is the second wine of Domaine de Chevalier and in its image it offers the same elegance and distinguished fruit aromas. This is a typical claret, offering scents of cedar wood and spice - a heaven sent partner to all manner of red meat roasts and hard cheeses.
- Internet
The Esprit de Chevalier is fully in line with the famous Domaine de Chevalier and perfectly reflects the typicity of the terroir and the savoir-faire of a great growth. The extraordinary 2000 vintage is brilliant: red berries and liquorice aromas are mixing to the oaky and toasty flavours with a great structure and delicate tannins. This is a very representative Pessac-Léognan and surely one of the best of the appellation.
Alcohol: 13%
eWine Event: Brought by Jeff

Vineyard: Domaine de Chevalier according to The Wine Doctor

The soil at Domaine de Chevalier is gravelly, as would be expected, with a depth of up to a metre in places, also with some dark sand, over a sandstone bedrock. This is nutritionally destitute soil, well drained, and therefore eminently suitable for the vine. Of 80 hectares there are currently 38 hectares planted up (of which 5 hectares are white varieties), the vines having an average age of 25 years, planted at a density of 10000 vines/ha on the usual rootstocks for Bordeaux, 101-14, 3309 and Riparia, and they are trained using the traditional Double Guyot method.
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