L'Esprit de Chevalier 2023

L'Esprit de Chevalier 2023

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Pessac-Léognan, Third Growth.

65% de Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% de Merlot et 5% de Petit Verdot.

The second wine of The Domaine de Chevalier. The Domaine de Chevalier is a great name that inevitably comes to mind when we think of Pessac-Léognan wines. It is based on a 45-hectare vineyard planted on gravel with clay-gravel subsoils. The red grape varieties (40 ha) are 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet franc. The white grape varieties (5 ha) are 70% Sauvignon blanc and 30% Sémillon. 

Neil Martin - Vinous: 91-93/100
The 2023 L'Esprit de Chevalier is a really lovely second wine from Olivier Bernard and his team. Picked September 7 to 30, it has a refined yet focused bouquet with black cherries, wild strawberries, touches of camphor and Provençal herbs, all delivered with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins on the entry, but it immediately segues into a surprisingly structured and grippy mid-palate. Quite bold for an Esprit, with a dash of white pepper on the finish, don't be afraid to afford this a few months in the cellar.