Despite their situation at the highest point in the Pessac Léognan appellation - 60 metres - the Chevalier vineyards are Graves' best-kept secret. Thanks to the surrounding forest, which protects the vineyards and keeps them cool, the wines are exceptionally fresh. Le Domaine de Chevalier is above all a family residence - the home of Anne and Olivier Bernard. Their children have inherited their pleasure in entertaining as well as their taste for new projects. Adrien, the family globetrotter, brought his commercial talents to the family business in 2012 while Hugo has focused on vinification since 2010.
The spirit of enterprise that drives the family has seen them go from managing 18ha in 1983 to a selection of properties comprising more than 200ha today. This year, they will continue this trajectory with the acquisition of Château Poumey, a 10ha vineyard in the very heart of Gradignan, which they will immediately convert to organic agriculture. This year will also be notable for the retirement of Thomas Stonestreet, who has been Technical Director since 1996. The 2019 vintage confirms the adage that Olivier likes so much: "Only great terroir can produce great wine". The whites in particular have beautiful acidity.
Surface : 45 hectares
Soils : soil of dark sand and fine white gravel
Grapes : White : 70% sauvignon, 30% sémillon / Red : 63% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc
Cultural method : integrated agriculture
Age of vines : 25 ans
Vine density : 10 000 vines per hectare