One of the wines of the campaign has released this morning, Domaine de Chevalier which promises to be the finest ever in their history, bettering the 2019, the 2016 and the majestic 2010 and 2005. This is possible on the strength of Pessac-Leognan, with its higher preponderance of Merlot and due to most estates harvesting before the September rains. As a result, as is often the case, Pessac reigns supreme on the left bank, when the right bank surpasses all else. This is reflected in an incredible score of 95-97+ from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate: “Domaine de Chevalier comes skipping out of the glass with energetic scents of ripe red and black currants, fresh blackberries and boysenberries, plus nuances of wild sage, cloves and cedar with a waft of lavender.” This is matched by Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media who awards it 95-97 points, “Rich, heady and super-concentrated, the 2020 is so impressive, right out of the gate. Crushed rocks, rose petal, cedar, pomegranate and mint all build as the 2020 shows off its vibrant, layered personality.” Jeb Dunnuck also gives 95-97+ thus making it the highest scoring wine from the Estate ever.

It has released today for £566 per case of 12 or £283 per case of six, which marks a significant 14% discount to the lesser scoring 2016 and 2018, while it offers a 34% discount to the price of the 2005. Domaine de Chevalier is unquestionably one of the must-buy wines of 2020, a towering masterpiece from Pessac which you can secure on release at £47 a bottle. With its exceptional scores and this superb price, Domaine de Chevalier 2020 has a Price Over Points ratio (POP) of 34.7, which for a leading Estate is incredibly low.

 

Domaine de ChevalierWAJSReleasePrice
202095-97+96-97£566£566
201994-96+96-97£495£495
201894-96+99£652£650
20179496£518£520
201694+97£648£660
20159597£460£500
20149394£330£420
20139093£300£365
201292+94£335£420
20119492£325£420
20109596£535£635
20099598£500£680
20089393£285£550
20079394£250£660
20069094£230£500
20059594£290£850

Also released is Domaine De Chevalier Blanc at £796 per case of 12 or £398 per case of six. Perennially a household favourite, this wine rubs shoulders with the finest white Bordeaux and is revered for its elegance and harmony. In 2020 it has received a score of 96 points from Perrotti-Brown and 94-96 points from Galloni. It is a brilliant vibrant expression of one of the finest white wines in the world.

Domaine de Chevalier is one of the few chateaux well known for producing both top class red and white wines. It is sited in Pessac-Leognan, on a gravel hill top, it is set apart from other chateaux in a landscape surrounded by forest. The terroir is made up of thick gravel and sand, with a lovely subsoil of clay and a drainage system which the Estate built in 1962. The Estate is planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare and the vines have an average age of 30 years. The vineyard management uses 100% sustainable farming methods and only organic fertilisers.

The winery has some of the best technology in Bordeaux, including 80 hectolitre egg shaped cement vats. Vinification takes place in French oak, which once filled, rest in a cold room to bring the temperature gradually down; the only other chateau in Bordeaux that has one is Chateau Margaux. Domaine de Chevalier red is aged in 40-75% new French oak for 18-22 months. It was classified as a Graves Premier Cru in the 1953 classification.