The intensity here is taken up a notch with notes of pure cassis and currant that ripe Cabernet Sauvignon gives you. Full and velvety, with dark chocolate, stones, and blackberries. This is long and powerful.
Up with some of the finest vintages of this cuvée, the 2009 Domaine de Chevalier is a classic blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot brought up all in barrel. It’s a quintessential Graves and offers a wonderful sense of elegant and nuance while still showing beautiful depth and richness. Black cherries, plums, currants, forest floor, truffle, and cigar tobacco all emerge from this medium to full-bodied 2009 that has impressive freshness and purity, terrific balance, and a great finish. It’s drinking nicely today yet has the capacity to evolve for another two decades or more.
In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years. (RP)
Dominating aromas of smoky new wood follow through to the toasty flavor that covers the fruit at this stage. But, like all 2009s, this is a rich wine that will balance out and show all of its opulence. That said, it will likely always be a firm, ageworthy wine, with the dark tannins always in evidence. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
The 2009 Domaine de Chevalier has a vivacious, almost exotic bouquet with lavish black fruit, mint, oregano and cedar that all gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, ripe black fruit laced with white pepper and even a faint touch of Szechuan pepper. This displays exquisite balance and the finish feels deep and satisfying, clearly born in a great vintage. Tasted blind at the Domaine de Chevalier vertical at the property. (NM)
Bright, medium ruby-red. Nuanced, expressive nose combines dark cherry, redcurrant, mocha, graphite, cedar and hot bricks. Plush on entry, then sweet but firm in the middle, with a solid mineral spine giving shape to the fine-grained dark berry and cedar flavors. This wonderfully glossy wine boasts excellent structure on the subtly long back end, with its ripe cabernet sauvignon component much more apparent today than its Merlot. 93+ (ST)
Very rich, but sleek and pure, with beautiful mouthfeel and layers of enticing fig, steeped blackberry and warm currant confiture nicely stitched with black tea and mesquite. The long finish has a tarry underlay, but stays polished. Approachable for its mouthfeel, but has the balance to age nicely. (JM)
Notably deep blackish ruby. Intense, classically sandalwood nose with a certain Cabernet Franc-like fragrance lifting the whole. Elegant for a 2009. Bone dry finish. Tannins swamped by fruit. Absolutely no hurry to drink this - it has the structure for a long life - but it's already a deep-throated pleasure. Very promising and classical with lovely freshness. 17+/20 points. (JR)
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