"Wine of the Year 2013" James Suckling
Critic James Suckling just released his Wine of the Year, the 2010 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge. (Our e-club members likely will find it familiar-looking, since in recent years this has been one of our favorite Bordeaux sleeper picks.) Last year Mr. Suckling pegged the 2009 Chevalier Rouge #5 on his roster, but this year he has elevated the 2010 to the coveted #1 position. He explains: "The point does need to be stressed that 2010 Bordeaux is a historic vintage, but for one fundamental reason I’ve decided against raving about my dozen 100 pointers again – price... For My Wine Of The Year, I wanted something accessible to most serious wine consumers... Domaine de Chevalier struggled to make great wines in the 1990s after extensive vine replantation, but 2013 proves it is back to its former glory. This most recent release reminds me of their wines from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s – vintages that could compete with the classic Graves such as Haut-Brion or La Mission Haut-Brion."
Wine Spectator Review:
This is loaded, with layers of gorgeous plum sauce, linzer torte and blackberry fruit melding beautifully with charcoal, spice and anise. The long, dark finish has some power in reserve, but it's rounded and enticing. Score range 92-95 points.