Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur Releases – 3rd June
Domaine de Chevalier has released their ‘Rouge’ @ £460.00 IB per case. This is clearly the ‘best’ buy from the Graves and so we have taken a position on this fantastic wine.
Neal Martin awards 95-97, the same scores as Pape Clement and Smith Haut Lafitte, which sold incredibly well @ £625.00 IB per case.
95-97 Neal Martin “The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 23 September until 15 October at just 35 hl/ha, matured in 35% new oak. It has a sophisticated bouquet that is more reserved than its peers. It possesses one of the most precise, detailed aromatic profiles that I have encountered from this estate, wonderfully poised with black fruit, incense and cold stone. It has wonderful focus and class. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, very complex with lightly peppered black fruit. What marks this Domaine de Chevalier is the reserve and precision on the finish, a wine that is holding something back for its secondary evolution, a salinity that beckons you back for another sip. What a fabulous, intellectual wine from Olivier Bernard. Expect four decades of drinking pleasure – probably more – given my experience of ancient vintages. Tasted three times with consistent notes”.
96-97 James Suckling “This shows class and finesse with ultra-fine tannins and succulent fruit. Full body yet elegant and long. Gorgeous wine. Such length. Vibrant and focused”.
18.0 Jancis Robinson “Great tension and subtlety. Extremely savoury – almost salty – with freshness and ripeness. Not one of the deepest colours. Lovely appetising low-key classicism. Bravissimo à tous! Drink 2024-2045”.