Domaine Benoit Chevallier is another exciting new name in Vosne-Romanée, Benoit having taken over the vineyards of his father’s family. His dad, Maurice Chevallier, was previously the mayor of Vosne-Romanée, and the family has further vineyards in the area; Benoit’s cousin, Yves Chevallier, runs his own eponymous estate.
Benoit is both a friendly and a competent guy who has gotten a fine start as a vigneron. Previously, he was in the technology business, but clearly, he also has hidden talents as a winegrower.
The estate is located on the RD974, and Benoit’s first vintage was 2019. So with a couple of years under his belt, let’s take a closer look at the 2021s.
Style and expression
The style is quite clear for such a young domaine, using destemmed grapes and a relatively long (four- to five-day) cold pre-fermentation. These choices give the wines a spicy, perfumed style that is delicate and could, with a bit of additional refinement, compare favourably to that of Domaine Bachelet in Gevrey-Chambertin.
These are, however, early days for Benoit Chevallier, so the results are somewhat variable. Regardless, these are all good wines.
Domaine Benoit Chevallier Coteaux Bourguignon 2021
The Coteaux Bourguignon is quite a delightful wine; its 30% Gamay combined with the cool feel of 2021 make it lively, with plenty of drinkability. It has nice concentration and tension and, simply put, is a vin de soif.
(Drink from 2023) – Good (86-87p) – Tasted 20/07/2022 –
Domaine Benoit Chevallier Bourgogne 2021
The Bourgogne rouge is from the climats Aux Bas des Communes (0.15 ha) and En Lutenière (1.2 ha). A vivid, delicate wine, the pre-fermentation helps by adding a bit of complexity. Why make things difficult, when this works very well?
(Drink from 2023) – Good (87p) – Tasted 20/07/2022 –
Domaine Benoit Chevallier Vosne-Romanée 2021
The regular Vosne-Romanée shows lovely complexity in its perfumed notes. Not a massively mineral wine, but a Vosne with nice mid-palate juiciness. It is slightly reduced, but is both elegant and delicate, with a smooth, silky texture.
(Drink from 2030) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 20/07/2022 –
Domaine Benoit Chevallier Vosne-Romanée Raviolle 2021
A Vosne-Romanée village lieu-dit, this is slightly more on the mineral side, but is also missing some of the silky generosity of the generic Vosne. Bottom line: I prefer the generic. In my opinion, a separate lieu-dit bottling should have a purpose, and be supported by lower yields or very old wines. But first and foremost, it should be more attractive.
(Drink from 2030) – Very Good (88-89p) – Tasted 20/07/2022
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