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.
L’Esprit de Chevalier Pessac-Leognan 2016 has a refined bouquet with earthy blackberry and bilberry fruit, a light seawater scent emerging with time. The palate is a little rustic on the entry. There is a touch of hardness that you have to overlook, before it segues into a grippy mid-palate and a rather masculine, slightly tarry finish. Give it two or three years in bottle.