Tasted at the château, the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier certainly surpassed my expectations even though I would caution that I think Olivier Bernard has made better vintages since then. Deep in color, the nose is quite captivating with black fruit, brine and crushed stone. I like the strictness here -- very 1996 in style. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a svelte texture. The bead of acidity lends this tension although I found that finish surprisingly backward and just lacked that peacock's tail that would have warranted a higher score. Of course, there is a chance that this could come with time because it is undeniably very well balanced and pure. It just needs a bit more ... ambition. Tasted July 2016. (NM)
Subtle maturation on the nose. Very lively and dancing with good core of fruit. Good for now but supported by exceptionally fine tannins. Delicate, dancing. 18/20 points.
Medium red. Medicinal cherry, crystallized blackberry, coffee and cocoa on the straightforward, fresh nose. Juicy and easygoing, with tangy red berry and coffee flavors supported by firm acidity. Finishes with repeating chocolate and coffee nuances and a firm tannic spine. Not a very pliant or complex wine but has the structure to reward further aging.
Ripe berry aromas, with hints of smoke and earth. Medium-bodied, with firm, sleek tannins, pretty raspberry and mineral flavors and a medium finish.
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