l’Eté du Vin Guest of Honor

 

Domaine de Chevalier

Olivier Bernard | Owner & Winemaker

 

In 1983, Olivier Bernard, then 23 years old, took the helm of Domaine de Chevalier (Grand Cru Classé) acquired by his family, one of the global leaders in the brandy market. He then began a significant investment program that elevated the estate to a very high level of excellence and worldwide renown. His passion for viticulture and challenging projects led him to take on new vineyards.

 

In 2011, a new challenge arose with the purchase of Clos des Lunes in the Sauternes region, which he dedicated to the production of a very fine dry white wine, now renowned and sold worldwide. He is the Vice-Chancellor of the Bordeaux Wine Academy, Vice-President of the Wine Academy of France, and former President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. In 2022, he completed his fortieth harvest at Domaine de Chevalier! He is a lover of vintage cars, and passionate about traditional sailing boats.

 

 

 

Domaine de Chevalier

 

Domaine de Chevalier, Grand Cru Classé of Graves (Pessac-Léognan appellation), is located about fifteen kilometers south of Bordeaux. Known since the early 16th century as ‘Chivaley,’ meaning Knight in Gascon, the estate is surrounded by a vast forest, offering a unique natural setting and benefiting from a precious microclimate and biodiversity. The vineyard, comprising a contiguous stretch, spans 67 hectares today, with 7 hectares dedicated to white wine and 60 hectares to red wines.

 

In 1983, succeeding the Ricard Family, the estate began a new and decisive chapter with its acquisition by the Bernard family, one of the global leaders in the brandy market and a major trader in fine Bordeaux wines. Under the leadership of Olivier Bernard, Domaine de Chevalier underwent significant evolution. He initiated major transformations, expanding, replanting, and modernizing the property. Buildings were renovated and modernized; others were erected. A large barrel cellar was built, along with several new vat rooms. Everything was rethought and executed in harmony with the functional beauty of the original architecture.

 

Domaine de Chevalier has resolutely committed to a demanding environmental and ecological approach, adopting practices of organic and biodynamic agriculture. This philosophy, focused on deep respect for the terroir and ecosystem, translates into meticulous attention at every stage of vine cultivation. It results in exceptional fruit quality, the cornerstone of creating a great wine. It is from the intrinsic quality of the grape that the elegance of Domaine de Chevalier’s wines emanates.

 

 

 

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