50 ha on gravel and sandy clay. Quite acidic. 10,000 vines per ha. At the end of July, the vintage looked poor. But then there were several weeks of high pressure, dryness and sunshine which resulted in thick-skinned good-quality berries. Dry harvest. They didn’t pick until 5-15 October. No Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Picked by hand, vinified by parcel in small wooden barrels. Tasted in magnum. Mid ruby with a relatively pale rim. Very aromatic. Very lifted. Savoury and appetising although relatively light bodied. Lovely fragrance – much fresher than the 2003, also tasted recently. Clear and pure, but it needs careful food matching. (17.5/20 points)
Subtle and already delicious. This is a lovely DC. Loads of chocolate and berry character in this young red. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a medium-long finish. (JS)
(a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 5% cabernet franc; pH 3.78; 12.9% alcohol): Medium-deep ruby-red. Enticing aromas of redcurrant, plum, violet, minerals and graphite complemented by sexy oak spices. Broad, lush and sweet, with a pristine quality to the perfumed flavors of red berries, black cherry and spices. Harmonious acidity gives the wine shape and balance and a very clean, fresh mouthfeel. Finishes impressively broad and horizontal, with smooth, ripe tannins and lingering spicy perfume. This sophisticated, glossy wine is still remarkably young and lively. (ID)
The 2000 Domaine de Chevalier has long been one of my favorite wines and now at 16 years of age, it continues to live up to expectations. It has a beautiful nose, so lively and vivacious, with black plum and blackberry, cedar and damp undergrowth scents, an undercurrent of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive definition, a fine thread of acidity, though still backward and intimating that there is "much more in the tank." The structure is wonderful here, though it does not quite deliver the length you might expect, which compelled me to dock a couple of points. The bottom line: it's a great Pessac-Léognan with a 30-40 year lifespan. (NM)
This offers a complex nose of sweet tobacco and stones, with red fruits such as plums, as well as a smoky note on the nose. Full and juicy, with a tobacco and berry character that turns almost tea-like on the finish. This has medium tannins, and is just starting to come around. Drink now or hold.
Huge, deep purple-black color, and aromas of rich, spicy fruit give a sense of great power to this superbly intense wine. Liquorice and rich tannins suggest complexity, while subtle acidity adds refinement. (RV)
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