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L'esprit De Chevalier Pessac Leognan 2016 1.5Ltr

size
1.5Ltr
country
France
region
Bordeaux
appellation
Graves
subappellation
Pessac Leognan
JS
94
JD
92
DC
90
WA
90
VM
90
WS
90
Additional vintages
JS
94
Rated 94 by James Suckling
Wonderful, fragrant blackberry and cherry nose with a delicate touch of oak. Concentrated and elegant with a beautiful balance of finely etched dry tannins and very bright acidity. Long, crisp and minerally finish with a ton of energy. Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier. A blend of 45 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 45 per cent merlot and ten per cent petit verdot. Try in 2021. ... More details
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L'esprit De Chevalier Pessac Leognan 2016 1.5Ltr

SKU 881462
Sale
$72.90
$69.25
/1.5Ltr bottle
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Professional Ratings
JS
94
JD
92
DC
90
WA
90
VM
90
WS
90
JS
94
Rated 94 by James Suckling
Wonderful, fragrant blackberry and cherry nose with a delicate touch of oak. Concentrated and elegant with a beautiful balance of finely etched dry tannins and very bright acidity. Long, crisp and minerally finish with a ton of energy. Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier. A blend of 45 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 45 per cent merlot and ten per cent petit verdot. Try in 2021.
JD
92
Rated 92 by Jeb Dunnuck
The second wine of the estate is the 2016 L'Esprit de Chevalier, one of the top second wines out there. Offering a deep ruby color as well as a classic Graves bouquet of mulled cherry and blackberry fruits, leafy herbs, tobacco, and loamy earth, it’s medium to full-bodied, textured, and loaded with character. Drink it over the coming decade or so.
DC
90
Rated 90 by Decanter
Lovely, well-judged extraction here with a kick of spice and black cherry fruits. The body is rich and dark purple with a clear elegance to the core of the wine. The tannins are evident, and give an extra kick. Good quality. Drinking Window 2022 - 2034.
WA
90
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 L'Esprit de Chevalier offers up exuberant black cherries, blackberry and warm plums scents with touches of baking spices and tobacco. Medium-bodied, it has a firm, grainy texture and plenty of freshness supporting the generous, juicy black fruit in the mouth, finishing spicy.
VM
90
Rated 90 by Vinous Media
The 2016 Esprit de Chevalier has a high-toned nose of vivacious red and blue fruit, quite floral in style but nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. Well balanced, approachable and refined, and smooth toward the finish. White pepper and clove linger on the aftertaste. Enjoy this over the next decade.
WS
90
Rated 90 by Wine Spectator
This has a nice polished, rounded feel, with alluring tobacco and toasty cedar notes amidst gently mulled plum and cherry fruit flavors. Accessible in feel too. Drink now through 2027.
Winery
Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its ability to produce great wines even in unfashionable vintages thanks to its unique terroir and a draconian selection in the vineyard and the cellar. In fact, this philosophy at times requires vineyard workers to carry out five waves of picking in order to pick only the ripest possible grapes. Furthermore, as of 1986, the planting of young vines led to the creation of both a red and white second wine called Esprit de Chevalier. This includes vats that do not have quite the structure and focus of the grand vin as well as wine made from young vines, Vats that go into red Esprit de Chevalier must nevertheless be complex, well-balanced, well-structured and, above all, elegant enough to be in keeping with Chevalier’s image. Esprit de Chevalier is a charming red wine with many of the same qualities as the grand vin and the added advantage that can be enjoyed earlier.
Product Details
size
1.5Ltr
country
France
region
Bordeaux
appellation
Graves
subappellation
Pessac Leognan
Additional vintages
Overview
Rated 94 - Wonderful, fragrant blackberry and cherry nose with a delicate touch of oak. Concentrated and elegant with a beautiful balance of finely etched dry tannins and very bright acidity. Long, crisp and minerally finish with a ton of energy. Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier. A blend of 45 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 45 per cent merlot and ten per cent petit verdot. Try in 2021.
green grapes

Varietal: Red Bordeaux

The Bordeaux method of blending quality grape varietals is something which has long been imitated and envied around the world. Whilst there are six Bordeaux grape varietals allowed for the production of red wine in this region of France – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carménere – the most common and widely used combination involves a careful blend of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, usually with a small percentage of Petit Verdot to boost the overall flavor and balance things out. This process accentuates the finer points of all these varietals, and takes the astringency of one type whilst rounding it out and mellowing it with the light tannins and fleshiness of another. The results are rarely short of spectacular, and are perfect for oak aging, where the flavorful magic of Bordeaux wine making can really take place, and the complex aromas and characteristics can truly come forward.
barrel

Region: Bordeaux

The Bordeaux region of France is possibly the most famous and widely respected wine region in the world. Known primarily for its exceptional blended red wines, made most commonly with Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grape varietals, it also produces superb dry white wines (both blended and single variety), alongside the highly esteemed sweet wines of Sauternes. All of these wine types use a careful mix of traditional wine-making methods alongside modern techniques, as well as more experimental and unorthodox practices such as turning their grapes over to the noble rot which intensifies the flavors in the sweet wines. Bordeaux benefits greatly from its position amongst wide river basins, and the cooling Atlantic breezes which blow across the rolling vineyards which cover this region.
fields

Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.
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