Wine of the Week - Domaine de Chevalier

Text:Ivy Tsang

When I was studying (am still learning) wine, I thought Domaine de Chevalier was a Burgundy winery as Bordeaux wineries usually have their names started with “Chateau” instead of “Domaine”. According to the owner, the name was used long time ago, apart from being “Burgundy” in the sense of focusing terroir, it also referred to the harmonious environment they wanted to create for both the family residence and agricultural estate, including crops and breeding.


The winery was born in 17th – 18th century, first named “Domaine de Chivaley, then changed to Domaine de Chevalier when purchased by Arnaud and Jean Ricard in 1865. In 1953, both red and white wines of the estate were admitted in the classification of “Crus Classes de Graves”. The owner now, Family Bernard, acquired the beautiful estate in 1983. Since then, reforms after experiments and renovations were made to improve the quality and then, of course, the reputation was also improved.


As usual, red wines are made with Bordeaux blends, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot while Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are used for the white. Like many of the wineries at Pessac Leognan, they produce much less white then red. Having a huge demand on its white, usually Chevalier’s white is more expensive than the red. Recent vintages are all highly rated by various wine critics!


Focusing on the white this time, I would say that among those Crus Classes blanc, Domaine de Chevalier Blanc does have that elegance and structure of the finest white while the price remains highly competitive in the region! I would recommend drinking the wines over a few hours and you will find the wine offers you something different at stages, complex yet layered.