An exploration of wine

815. Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé, 2010

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Book 5 Wine 815

£58.16; 13.5%

The best Bordeaux in the Cab and Merlot line-ups, combined. Joint best Cab with the differently-styled Quintessa. A fuller, denser wine than most Domaine de Chevaliers, save the 2009 tasted alongside. But this had more freshness, and slightly less flesh. Deep ruby-black. Narrow rim with a hint of purple. Tight nose. Savoury, gravel and smoky cedar. Background signature earthiness. Some cinnamon and vanilla hints. Slightly plummy blackcurrant fruit emerges. Fresh blackcurrant on entry. Tightly wound and youthful. Medium bodied – less full than 2009, and distinctly less than any right bank. Smoky, gravelly mid-palate. Long, chewy finish. Bright acidity keeps freshness. Lovely. Has decades.

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