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Intense, fresh, and refined nose of red and black fruits. The aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry dominate in an atmosphere of both peppery and sweet spices simultaneously. Dense, delicate, delicious, and energetic palate. Magnificent finesse concentration. Tight and elegant weft. Sweet flavors of ripe fruit are intense, salivating, and accompanied by a gustatory complexity very typical of this vintage. Humus, graphite and licorice. Great overall freshness. Impeccable and harmonious balance between the sweetness and liveliness of the different sensations.
Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
97 Points - James Suckling
Beautiful, ripe redcurrants, bay leaf, violets, and raspberries on the nose. Full-bodied with firm and very tight tannins that are polished and layered. Crushed stones highlight the beautiful blue fruit. Poised and refined. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc.
97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier is a magical wine in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild plums, crushed blackcurrants, and violets mingled with hints of pencil shavings, subtle spices, and coniferous forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, deep, and seamless, with a vibrant core of fruit, beautifully refined tannins, and lively acids, it's exquisitely elegant and harmonious, concluding with a long, perfumed finish. Stylistically, this wine exhibits a much closer affinity with the great Domaine de Chevalier of yesteryear than much of what was produced here in the early 2000s. It's a masterclass in what contemporary Bordeaux can deliver, and worth a special effort to seek out.
95+ Points - Wine Enthusiast
With its finely structured tannins and juicy black currant fruits, this has the potential to be an important wine. The balance between the fruit and structure is already there, promising richness as the wine matures.
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
I loved the 2019 Domaine De Chevalier, which is unquestionably up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot that saw just 35% new oak, it sports a dense purple hue as well as a killer, quintessential Graves bouquet of darker black fruits, scorched earth, truffle, cold fireplace, tobacco, and graphite. More medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has brilliant purity, ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It's not a blockbuster but has this incredible sense of class, balance, and finesse while being rich and concentrated. It's a gorgeous wine, and wine lovers will adore being able to compare this side by side with the 2015, 2016, and 2018 over the coming 3-4 decades.
95 Points - Decanter
A lovely Chevalier, with rich tannins, juicy cassis and bilberry fruit, sage and pepper spice, and a slate finish. Similar in style to warm but well-built years like 2000. Not the power of 2016, but this is an excellent wine with lots to enjoy.
94 Points - Wine Spectator
Very lush and forward, with a lovely wave of warmed plum reduction, cassis and blackberry preserve flavors. Features a subtle rumble of dark earth and warm stone through the finish, where licorice and apple wood accents also peek in. Delivers spine for form, but this is going to provide its best showing in the medium-term, as the fruit is so precocious.