Masses of beautifully concentrated fruit, nose already very expressive of vineyard class and perfect ripeness, already richly smooth and the tannins will ensure a long and elegant life ahead. Drink 2015-30. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
This is the most structured and powerful DC in a long, long time. Full bodied, with polished and rich tannins and a long finish. Tasted twice.The rising star of Bordeaux? jamessuckling.com
This is one of my all-time favorite wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants, but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savory, expansively flavored wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing the 2009. An opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex and delicious than I thought from barrel, this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more. Wine Advocate.February, 2013
The owner, Olivier Bernard, provided valuable information about the styles and vintages of his wine. He described the 2010 as being similar in style to the 2008 and 2009, with cold vintages like 2006 and 2004, not hot but warm. 1961, 1982 and 1945 were all warm vintages and in the 1980s it is amazing to hear that sugar was added to make the alcohol up to 12.3%. The natural alcohol of the 2010 is 13.5%+. The acidity is 4.5: ‘The night fixes the acidity when the grapes contract and during the day they expand’.
The deep darkness of the wine hardly released a scent of heather and hawthorn flower. But there was no doubt about its grand infrastructure holding red- and blackcurrant, mango, black cherry, apricot and almond on a damp forest floor of tannins and acids.
It was possible to compare it with the 2008, an elegant, light but powerful natural product with underlying voluptuousness. The 2010 will be palatable in 15 years but noble by the 2040s.
This again has an impressive mineral lift to the nose, with an iron-like edge to it. Very “Graves”, with a linear, edgy focus to it. The style of the property suits the vintage well and one can taste that the age of the vines is starting to show here. Very impressive. FINE+RARE
Domaine de Chevalier From an assemblage of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine shows a deep ruby color. With little effort, complex aromas of smoke, truffle, cassis, black cherry, earth and oak scents are easy to find. The wine is rich, concentrated and offers dark, earthy, black fruit that ends with a long, pure, blackberry and cassis filled finish. winecellarinsider.com
Tasted three times, the Domaine de Chevalier has great precision on the nose with pure dark blackberry, dark plum, black olive compote and crushed flowers. The palate is just superb, mainly because of the crispness and tension in the tannic structure, framing a very precise, very focused Domaine de Chevalier that should age beautifully. It is almost understated but with great mineralité on the finish and superb persistency. Watch it blossom in bottle. Tasted April 2011.
Neal Martin erobertparker.com
This is loaded, with layers of gorgeous plum sauce, linzer torte and blackberry fruit melding beautifully with charcoal, spice and anise. The long, dark finish has some power in reserve, but it's rounded and enticing. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
Dark crimson. So racy and inky, mineral and sinewy. Chewy. SO youthful! Racy and sinewy. Lively, fragrant. Mouth filling and vibrant though it has yet to evolve much character but the balance seems promising. Acid dominates tannin here.
The deep ruby 2010 Domaine de Chevalier is made in a very soft velvety style typical of Stephane Derenoncourt, the consultant here since 2002. In the past, his style was soft yet precise but recently I have found his wines lacking this precision and this is the case with the 2010 Domaine de Chevalier. While there are lovely plum and blackberry notes, supported by with supple tannins, the wine lacks any excitement on the palate. Having said that, this remains a medium-bodied Pessac Leognan wine with charm and grace, but missing the power of the 2009. asianpalate.com