2003 Domaine de Chevalier
(France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Charred oak and coffee on the nose. Rich sweet blackish fruit on the palate with some slatey pencil notes. Has length. Initially seemed ready, but the tannin and acid soon enough came forward. Needs perhaps 3-5 more years. 2003 was a year where the Bordelais were allowed to add acid. I see that in this wine. After sorting this out over the years with California wines, my sense is that added acid is much sharper and edgier than natural acid, and I see that in this wine. A chemist might disagree, and I am in no position to rebut the argument. Not necessarily a flaw, but to me means the wine may just remain “edgier” until it fully integrates. Nonetheless, a quality bottle of Bordeaux and especially at 40 bucks. It is worth a try.