Wine "Domaine De Chevalier" Blanc, Pessac-Leognan AOC Grand Cru, 2003
Wine yellow-golden color.
A wonderful full-bodied wine, very rich, with a lovely acidity, balance and long finish. In a smooth and rounded taste play notes of oak, citrus fruit, mineral nuances.
Wine Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2003 has a delicious aroma, which reveals shades of colors, lychee, lemon, pear, peach, stones, beeswax.
Wine is an excellent aperitif, it also goes well with white meat, seafood, grilled fish, fried fish, fish, steamed fish and sauce, Chevalier perfectly combined with meat delicacies, roast pork, pate, duck.
Domaine De Chevalier Blanc - this delicious white wine from the Pessac Leognan,. The grapes for the production of this wine is hand-assembled and is thoroughly sorted. Berries are pressed, the juice settles in the cold, then begins the process of fermentation, which takes place in oak barrels (35% - new). The wine is aged in oak barrels for about 18 months with regular batonazhem, 30% of the barrels - new. It is important to note that the process of aging wine Domaine de Chevalier Blanc lasts longer than other dry white wines of Bordeaux. Before bottling the wine undergoes a light filtration. Recommended to decant the wine.
Domaine de Chevalier - this is one of the best Pessac Leognan estates. In the classification of wines Graves (Graves) in 1953 and 1959 wine estates are among the Crus Classes. Domaine de Chevalier is located in the commune of Leognan, 17 km south of Bordeaux, it is one of the few estates of Bordeaux, called the domain and Chateau (Domain - is most common in Burgundy).
The origins of the Domain des Chevaliers can be traced back in 1763, as evidenced by the map drawn by Pierre de Belleymom. Earth in those days belonged to a certain Chibaley or Chivaley (which means "knight" on Gascon dialect), he produced about 13,500 liters of wine a year. The very name «Chivaley», is believed to be associated with the old pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, which is still on the border of the estate.
One of the things that makes it unique Chevalier - this is how the domain achieved fame in a relatively short period of time compared with most of the great Bordeaux producers, which took several centuries to achieve such status.
In 1852 Domaine de Chevalier acquire Arnaud and Jean Ricard. It is credited with the creation of Jean Chevalier, which is known today, and thanks to Claude Ricard domain managed to win international recognition. Ricard done a lot for the estate: to restore the vineyard, winemaking practices introduced in new barrels, paid great attention to the time and the process of harvesting. In 1983, the domain passed to their relatives, the family of Bernard, who had previously specialized in the sale of brandy. However, Claude Ricard for many years remained a consultant to the estate. Bernard family vineyards were increased and revised aspects of viticulture, since the estate has changed and externally, have been restored several buildings in the complex. Today, domain controlled by Oliver Bernard, his philosophy is the constant striving for quality.
Domain soil - gravel containing sand, with good drainage, so perfect for growing grapes. Domain owns 80 hectares of land, 38 of which are vineyards (5 ha grow white varieties). The average age of the vines - 25 years. White varieties - a 30% Semillon and 70% Sauvignon Blanc; red varieties represented 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, and the rest - 2.5% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot 2.5%. Harvested grapes is rigorously sorted, white grapes are picked by hand for a few passages. Vinification is carried out in consultation experienced oenologists.
White wines have excellent domain characteristics, they share notes of spices, passion fruit, vanilla, grapefruit and pear. They are very soft, fresh and with good acidity. Red wines - elegant and rich with notes of sweet ripe plums, cassis, smoke, coal and cranberries. They are well balanced and have a matchless structure.