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Chateau Cheval Blanc - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - red - 2014 - 750 ml

Chateau Cheval Blanc - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - red - 2014 - 750 ml

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

The 2014 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Merlot, picked from 19 September until 8 October. It has a very succinct, almost understated bouquet, here a mixture of red and black fruit, cold limestone and crushed rose petals (the latter observed when the wine was in barrel). It is not a set of aromatics that go out and grab your attention, rather the sophistication creeps up on you. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin. Unlike the Deuxième Vin, there is real structure and backbone here, a gentle but insistent grip in the mouth. It errs towards black instead of red fruit, intermingling with sage and cumin, then segueing into a precise finish with a long, lingering ferrous finish (à la Pomerol!), finally a hint of oyster shell on the aftertaste. It is one of the most subtle Cheval Blancs that I have tasted in a long time, although it will doubtlessly be deceptively long lived. This is a serious Cheval Blanc for serious oenophiles. Drink 2020-2050.Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, 96pts

OUR NOTES

The history of Cheval Blanc began in the eighteenth century, while the current terroir of Cheval Blanc was a modest farm that had a large area of vines, as proven by a map of Belleyme, dated in 1764. Nearly a century later, the property was acquired by the FOURCAUD-LAUSSAC family, which kept it until 1998, when it was sold to Bernard ARNAULT and Baron Albert FRERE.

The property forms a homogeneous whole in one piece, at the limit of the Pomerol appellation. The conjunction of a terroir of exceptional quality and a grape variety (58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot) which gives its production a very marked organoleptic identity. Also, the reasoned protection of the vineyard is a key word for Cheval Blanc: there has never been any herbicide on its soil.

At the tasting, Château Cheval Blanc wine expresses all its grace and prestige through its aromatic complexity and volume. A wine of unique richness that explains why it is considered as one of the greatest red wines in the world.

 

TECHNICAL SHEET

From: France , Bordeaux , Saint-Emilion

Color: Red

Maturity: Old

Sweetness: Dry

Grapes variety: 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Merlot