Wednesday 2 September 2015

Exploring The Forgotten Side Of Bordeaux - Chapter XI

These were tasted at our tasting groups last session. In Chapter I I tasted two other vintages of Domaine de Chevalier and gave some info about the estate.

1983 Domaine de Chevalier
A mature, somehat oxidized nose with notes of model clay, decaying flowers, old lemons and lanolin. There are some nice things going on here, but at the same time the touch of oxidation spoils the nose.
The taste is mature and dry with notes of old wrinkled yellow apples, rubber, green tea and lemon peel. The oxidized felling it less noticable in the mouth. Medium long. Good but no more.
80p   (tasted 2015/08)

2003 Domaine de Chevalier
The 20 year younger version is a whole another ball game. The nose is deep, refined and almost electric with notes of sour/sweet lemons, lanolin, crushed rocks, dry honey and rubber. Intense and very fine.
The taste is structured and complex with lots of ripe yellow fruit and additonal notes of lanolin, apricots, crushed rocks and sweet flowers. A very fine acidty and mouth feel. This will turn out as fine as the 1997 with 5+ years in the cellar. Fine stuff.
93p   (tasted 2015/08)

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