(a blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc; 3.55 pH; 13.5% alcohol): Deep ruby-red. Autumnal aromas of blackcurrant, faded violet and tobacco leaf are lifted by a peppery herbal quality. Juicy and light on its feet, with brisk acidity and a repeating peppery note giving precision and energy to the slightly austere flavors of dark berries, licorice, smoke and graphite. Finishes straightforward and moderately long, but with a lovely graceful quality. Clearly the product of a so-so year, this well-made wine can be enjoyed soon or held.
Robert Parker 93
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits’ 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Domaine de Chevalier was tasted from two bottles. I returned the first as it felt a little volatile on the nose, but the second was as it should be. This has a very refined bouquet with scents of warm gravel and black olives permeating the dark berry fruit, all very well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very fresh and generous in the mouth with superb mineralité and tension towards the tertiary finish. What a lovely Domaine de Chevalier-à point-but with the substance to suggest that it will not go downhill in any hurry. Tasted February 2017.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035