L'Esprit de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Rouge 2016
Football, hiking, pancakes, frisbee and UNREAL BORDEAUX (Pessac Leognan!!) is what it’s all about on this stormy Sunday -- 94 POINTS, the much-raved-about-by-us-and-all-the-press 2016 vintage and of course the most sensational price you will ever imagine possible. We love Sundays!!
An outrageously overdelivering, fine, concentrated, complex Bordeaux...we promise this will knock you out, especially if you grab a few extra to bury in the cellar a few years. This is the second wine of Domaine de Chevalier (the older brother received double 97-point scores!!) and tasting it last March in Bordeaux was a revelation. How can it be so good at $55?? Oh wait -- we got it for $29!! We can’t really argue with JS’s tasting notes…”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. “
So pure, so lively and we simply cannot stop drinking it with a big bowl of leftover stuffing with turkey gravy. MMMM! So good! While it lasts…!
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“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.”
“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.”
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.
- Country: France
- Region: Graves, Bordeaux
- Appellation: Pessac Leognan
- Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
- Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
- Aging/Cooperage: extended maceration, malo in barrel, and 18 months in just 35% new French oak
- Alcohol: 13.0%
About The Producer
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.
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