Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Blanc 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [JD 99] [JS 98] [WE 97] [DM 96] [WS 94]

Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Blanc 2016
(Bordeaux, France) - [JD 99] [JS 98] [WE 97] [DM 96] [WS 94]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Pale gold color with green highlights. The nose is incredibly complex, displaying concentrated fresh, fruity, spicy and floral overtones. Vine peach and lime nuances blend with hints of tropical fruit, vanilla, and cinnamon, while floral fragrances of honeysuckle and acacia provide delicate background aromas. The wine is especially powerful and fresh on the palate. It is full-bodied and very mineral with magnificent acidity providing balance and length. 2006 Domaine de Chevalier blanc is opulent, refined, and complex, with a subtle balance. Its fine long aftertaste puts it on a pedestal with the estate's finest vintages!

Vintage

HARVEST: Hand-picked, into small crates. Grapes are picked in 3 to 5 waves for optimum ripeness. Traditional cold settling in barrels.

VINIFICATION: Fermentation in barrels. Age in barrels for 18 months (35% new oak) with batonnage (stirring the lees with a stick)

85% Sauvignon and 15% Semillon

Serving Suggestions

In order to preserve this vintage's character and outstanding balance, we decided on very light filtering prior to bottling. Consequently, there may be a slight natural sediment, which in no way detracts from the flavor. If this should be the case with your bottle, simply decanting the wine will not only remove it from the sediment, but also aerate it and bring out its full bouquet and flavor. This wine is unquestionably age-worthy, and best enjoyed from 2010 -2020. Magnificent with scallops or lobster, this wine also goes beautifully with cheeses such as Saint Nectaire, Comte and Tomme de Savoie.

 

Ratings & Reviews

99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
The white of the vintage is the 2016 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, which comes from a high-density planting of 30-year-old vines located west and south of the town of Léognan. A blend of 75% Sauvignon and 25% Sémillon raised in 35% new barrels, it offers a massive bouquet of crushed citrus, salty minerality, white flowers, and grapefruit. Racy, full-bodied, concentrated and beautifully textured, it’s a brilliant wine that has more flesh and texture than the 2015 and will keep for two decades or more. Hats off to the team at Domaine de Chevalier for this brilliant, brilliant white! (Drink between 2019-2039)


98 Points - James Suckling:
Still very shy on the nose, but the candied citrus, fresh melon, pear and quince notes come through on the palate, together with discreet, toasty oak. Although this is really concentrated, the power is underplayed and the enormous, herbal and mineral depth steals up on you slowly and then whisks you away. You could enjoy it now, but there’s enormous aging potential. A blend of 70 per cent sauvignon and 30 per cent semillon. Try in 2021.

97 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
This luscious wine from old-vine Sauvignon Blanc is filled out even further by the 30% Sémillon in the blend. It is rich in feel and intense in a white fruit flavor, with touches of spice from the wood aging. It is fresh and textured on the finish. *Cellar Selection*

96 Points - Decanter:
Intense and focused. 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. Oak imparts extra complexity to this wonderfully concentrated wine. Restrained and refined yet powerful. A great vintage and benchmark Pessac-Léognan white. 

94 Points - Wine Spectator:
This flirts with a tropical hint, as peach and nectarine details peek in on the core of meringue, lemon peel, shortbread, melon and yellow apple fruit flavors. Heather and macadamia nut notes gild the finish, which is rounded along the edges but still racy through the middle. This needs a little time to settle in fully. (JM) (3/2019)