Freitag, 29. Mai 2015

CHEVAL BLANC 2014 / en primeur

1er Grand Cru Classé A, Saint Emilion

Robert Parker / Neal Martin (95-97)      Drink 2019 - 2045

The Chateau Cheval Blanc 2014 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 
55% Merlot, picked from 19th September until 8th October 2014. The alcohol 
level is 13,25% matured in 100% new oak, which Pierre Lurton told me was 
prolonged due to the heterogenous soils and wanting to wait for the Cabernet 
Franc on clay soils to reach full maturity. It is quintessential Cheval Blanc on 
the nose, predominantly red fruit here rather then black, touches of incense 
and dried roses, a dab of liquorice underneath. The Cabernet Franc is the 
engine behind the aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. 
This is not a silky smooth Cheval Blanc - here there is a grainniness to the 
tannin that exert a gentle grip in the mouth. It is a complex and cerebral wine 
with cracked black pepper on the almost ferrous finish. Like the second wine, 
it is a linear and fresh, in some ways reminiscent of the string of superb wines 
produced in the 1980s. This is a formidable Cheval Blanc whose evoloution will 
be fascinating to witness.

€ 399,00 / 0,75l. en primeur    (prior to available stock)
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Wine Advocate 95-97
Wine Spectator 96-99
Jancis Robinson 17,5
Decanter 18,5
René Gabriel 18
Wine Enthusiast 97
Bettane & Desseauve 95

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