Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Domaine de Chevalier (rouge) Grand Cru Classe 2001 (Graves - Pessac-Leognan)

Tasted 13/04/12. 13% ABV. Cork closure (available still from some merchants by the case at about £50 per bottle). This example kindly provided by Christopher Tew. A lovely wine, ready to drink now. The 2001's are overshadowed by the great 2000 vintage in Bordeaux but many of the 01's are coming round and provide great 'value' drinking. The DdC is perhaps more noted for its white wine but the red Pesac-Leognan wines provide excellent value compared to Medoc, if such a thing is possible in Bordeaux! The cepage is usually 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc
This a lovely claret, great balance. Medium red colour, medium bodied and dry. Great cured ham and crushed blackberries on the nose. It now has smooth tannins and well balanced fruit. Some people would lay this wine down longer but i think it's great now. From 2012. This wine has 89 Parker Points and I would award it now 17.5/20 (JR gives it 16.5).

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