Domaine de Chevalier is one of the leading estates of Pessac Leognan and one of the few chateaux well known for producing both top class red and white wines.

 

Chevalier comes from the Gascon word for knight, an homage to a trail on the property believed to have been used by knights in the 12th – 14th centuries. The vineyard itself dates to 1600’s and had seen multiple owners until in 1983 it was purchased by the Bernard family. Olivier Bernard, who was only 23 years old at that time, made some major improvements at the Chateau, renovating the winery and expanding the vineyard. Domaine de Chevalier continues as a family owned and managed estate. Today, Olivier Bernard and Anne Bernard are joined by their two sons Adrien and Hugo.

 

The property is cited on a gravel hilltop, set apart from other chateaux in a landscape surrounded by forest. Around 65 hectares are under vine, the terroir being made up of thick gravel and sand, with a lovely subsoil of clay. The vines are planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare and the the average age is 30 years. The vineyard management uses 100% sustainable farming methods and only organic fertilisers. Grapes are harvested by hand and vinified in lots to ensure the character of each parcel is preserved. The winery has some of the best technology in Bordeaux. Vinification takes place in a mixture of cement vats, French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks, which once filled, rest in a cold room to bring the temperature gradually down; the only other chateau in Bordeaux that has this type of room is Chateau Margaux. The grand vin is aged in 40-75% new French oak for 18-22 months.

 

Domaine de Chevalier was classified as a Graves Premier Cru in the 1953 classification. The oenologist is the world-famous Stephane Derenoncourt who consults many chateaux including Smith Haut Lafitte and Beausejour Daffau-Lagarrosse which obtained 100 Parker Points in 2009 and 2010.