Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is considered not only Bordeaux’s finest dry white wine, but also one of the finest white wines in the world. This wine is born in the vineyard, rather than the winery, with a policy of selective harvesting normally reserved for sweet wines such as Sauternes. The white grape harvest can be spread over three weeks, with teams of harvesters combing through the same parcel up to five times, in order to pick the grapes when they are fully ripe. Defective bunches are removed, only fully ripe bunches are picked and selected berry by berry. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, and then remains on its lees for a variable amount of time depending on the acidity of the vintage. The wine remains in oak for 18 months.
The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2001 is made from a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semilion. The 2001 is considered one of the finest vintages of the wine with concentrated stone fruit flavours, forceful minerality, and pronounced but ripe acidity. Drink 2010 – 2040.