We recently purchased a small parcel of 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc which is drinking wonderfully now but will happily evolve and improve in your cellar over the next 10+ years. Should you be looking to have an alternative to white Burgundy – of which there is a dwindling supply of back vintages from quality producers available on the open market – you would be hard pressed to find a white wine of better value/quality from Bordeaux.
Obviously, the style differs to Burgundy when it comes to the aromatics and fruit profile, however, the intensity, texture, minerality and freshness is aligned to the best wines of Chablis and the Côte de Beaune. We have been saying that white Bordeaux is due a renaissance yet, for some reason, collectors remain a little reticent. We suggest jumping on this parcel before it all goes.
With a history dating back to the 1600s, Domaine de Chevalier in its modern carnation became better known from 1865 when it was purchased by the Ricard family. Under their stewardship, it was included in the Graves classification of 1953 and current owners, the Bernard family, have taken it from strength to strength since 1983. Perhaps better know for its reds, it’s actually the 5hl of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon which are blended to make the world class Blanc that goes under the radar.