Owned by the Bernard family since 1983, the beautiful Domaine de Chevalier is among the finest Bordeaux Crus Classés. This iconic estate is located in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, to the south of Bordeaux, and is surrounded by a green haven.
Domaine de Chevalier overlooks a rare 45-hectare vineyard comprising vines dedicated to the production of red wine. The vineyard lies on a gravelly soil with a clay and gravel subsoil.
Although the month of April was cold and rainy, the remaining months of 1989 (until the end of October) were among the warmest, sunniest and driest in recent decades. Deeply rooted, the vines did not suffer from water stress. These ideal weather conditions enabled the grapes to reach optimum ripeness by harvest time.
The vinification and ageing
The grapes are harvested by hand in small crates and are rigorously sorted in the vineyard and then in the cellar. The wine is then aged in barrels for 16 to 18 months, with regular stirring of the lees during the first 4 months.
Domaine de Chevalier 1989 comprises a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc (5%).
Complex and rich, this fine vintage offers a seductive nose with its intense fruity aromas which combine harmoniously with delicious notes of cigar box, undergrowth, fresh soil and pine forest.
Silky and structured, the palate is sustained by a suave and refreshing acidity. Throughout the tasting experience, the fruity expression blends with a perfect balance.
For an optimal tasting experience, decant 30 minutes before tasting at 17°C.
This fine red wine from Pessac-Léognan can be kept in the cellar until around 2025, in order to reveal its full aromatic range.