2005 Chateau Domaine de Chevalier 1.5 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 91--Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Displays floral, blackberry and mineral aromas, with a hint of fresh tobacco. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Has a fine, polished texture. This is a class act--the best since 1998 for the red. Best after 2012. 10,000 cases made." (WS)

"A glorious wine from Domaine de Chevalier, this 2005 reveals notes of graphite, subtle charcoal, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long, multi-dimensional finish. This is a killer effort from the Bernard family, who own this famous terroir in Pessac-Léognan. Drink it over the next 20-30 years." (WA)

"($70-$80) Good red-ruby. Plum, flint, smoke, tobacco, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat, sweet, plummy and rich; offers unusual volume for this property, not to mention terrific depth of flavor. A large-scaled, very supple Domaine de Chevalier that finishes with substantial ripe tannins. This should evolve slowly but should be less austere in its youth than the wines made here before Stephane Derenoncourt was brought in as consultant." (VM)

"This is really pure and fruity with flowers and stones. Full and dense, but still a bit tight. Not really giving much at the moment, but beautifully balanced and silky, and opening up to a long, long finish. This is excellent. Pull the cork after 2015." (JS)

"This is more about elegance than power, a fresh wine with sweet fruit, and so elegant. The tannins do promise some good aging, but this is not a long-term wine. Hold for 8–10 years, but it is already a pleasure to drink." (WE)

"Even though this clearly needs more time, with coaxing, earth and dark red berries with smoky cigar box aromatics come out from hiding. Polished, medium bodied, elegant, refined, fresh and still youthful, give this another 5 or more years before you pop a bottle. 94 points - Tasted Jun 28, 2015" (JL)