Bordeaux White, Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac Leognan Cru Classe 2005

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Grape 85% Sauvignon ; 15% Sémillon
Color White
Sweetness Dry
Body Full-Bodied
Tasting Note Robert Parker : 95/100 - Vintage 2005
Domaine de Chevalier’s fabulous 2005 white offers terrific acidity, body, and texture as well as high acidity, which suggests this wine should enjoy an incredibly long life. I recently had the 1985 at a charity dinner, and it is still remarkably youthful. The 2005 may last just as long, if not longer. Hints of figs, licorice, honeysuckle, and lemon oil are accompanied by a concentrated, dry, nearly austere wine, but there is so much going on, that it should be prodigious with another decade of cellaring. It will last for 30-40+ years.

Wine Spectator : 97/100 - Vintage 2005
Displays lemon, honey, mineral, fennel seed and lime aromas. Full-bodied, this fills the mouth with lime, apple tart and vanilla character. Very, very intense. Fantastic. Needs time to come together. The best white from this estate in a long time. Best after 2014

eRobert Parker, Wine Advocate (Neal Martin) : 92/100 - Vintage 2005
This is a great white Graves. A lovely nose, not complex but beautifully defined with almond, peach, passion fruit and orange-blossom, more floral than at the Southwold tasting. The palate is weight in the mouth, powerful with fine tannins, stone fruit and nectarine towards the taut finish that suggests this wine has a long, long way to go. Excellent. Drink 2013-2020+ Tasted November 2009.

Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider : 95/100 - Vintage 2005
This sublime wine continues improving with age. The nose, with its mineralistic, fresh, crisp citrus and honeysuckle notes pairs perfectly with the full, rich, lush, sweet, ripe,…

Jeannie Cho Lee : 91/100 - Vintage 2005 - Tasted: 15-Feb-2013
Generous white that is just starting to open up. Flavours are ripe with pears, yellow flowers and spicy notes. The wine has gained an attractive roundness and completeness with age. A delicious wine at its peak. Tasted in: Paris, France. Maturity: Drink.

Jancis Robinson : 16/20 - Vintage 2005 - Tasted: 20-Feb-2009
Rather a lot of sulphur on this wine – suppressed nose and fruit and pretty hard on the end. Still tight. Jancis Robinson

Wine Enthusiast : 93/100 - Vintage 2005
A crisp, citrus wine, with good fresh fruit flavors. This has clean acidity, along with its ripe fruits, tempered with a touch of wood. As it develops, this wine will become bigger and more important.

James Suckling : 96/100 (Vintage 2005) - Tasted: 01-Jul-2013
Gault & Millau : 16.5/20 (Vintage 2005) - Tasted: 01-Jun-2010
Wine & Spirits Magazine : 95/100 (Vintage 2005) - Tasted: 01-Oct-2008
La Revue du Vin de France : 18/20 (Vintage 2005) - Tasted: 01-Jun-2006
Vinum Wine Magazine : 17.5/20 (Vintage 2005) - Tasted: 01-Jun-2006
Stephen Tanzer : 92-93/100 (Vintage 2005) 
Bettane et Desseauve : 18/20 (Vintage 2005)
Rating RP:95 WS:97 WE:93
Size 75cl
Remarks HARVEST : Hand-picked, into small crates.
Grapes are picked in 3 to 5 waves for optimum ripeness. Traditional cold settling in barrels.
VINIFICATION : Fermentation in barrels.
Age in barrels for 18 months (35% new oak) with bâtonnage (stirring the lees with a stick) 

Maker Comment : 
2005 Domaine de Chevalier dry white was very closed and earthy at the beginning. Today it has a very explosive nose of peach, apricot and nut with spices and earthy smoky flavors!!! It is really complex.
On the palate it is very smooth and fruity with freshness and tasty acidity.
Long finish. First class wine
Drink 2015-2020



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