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Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015

Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015

by Château Cheval Blanc 2015

Producer : Château Cheval Blanc

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 3 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"As many readers may know, 2015 was the first year since 1988 that Cheval Blanc did not produce its second wine, Petit Cheval. This said, parts of two of the Cheval Blanc blocks were not used at all—Plot 17A and the north part of Plot 10—which had problems with water availability during the dry spell, and the fruit was sold for bulk. Therefore, this vintage of the Grand Vin equates to roughly 90% of the total production, making it one of the most complete expressions of Cheval Blanc ever produced. Composed of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cheval Blanc slowly opens up to reveal plum preserves, black forest cake, blackberry pie and pronounced licorice notes with suggestions of cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, dried Provence herbs and lavender plus wafts of iron ore and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and densely packed with incredible layers of black, red and blue fruits, it completely fills the palate with energy and expression, framed by very ripe, wonderfully velvety tannins and a racy line of acid, finishing with incredible length and poise. At once achingly graceful and captivatingly cerebral, this is a legendary vintage for this great estate."

100 points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

Specs

Bottles Per Case 3 Pack
Point Score 100
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Château Cheval Blanc
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 47% Cabernet Franc, 53% Merlot
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $4, 497.00

The Producer

Château Cheval Blanc

The vineyard has been owned by the Fourcaud-Laussac family for more than 150 years. In 1998, the estate was bought by the Belgian Albert Frère and Bernard Arnault and administered by Pierre Lurton (who also runs Château d'Yquem).

Since 1998, Château Cheval Blanc has partnered with the Argentinian estate Terrazas de los Andes, also belonging to the LVMH group, to create Cheval des Andes from Cabernet and Malbec grape varieties. In 2012, Bernard Arnault decided to create a brand of high-end hotels using the name. The Cheval Blanc estate is on the edge of Pomerol, so the soil of the vineyard has a large proportion of gravel on a subsoil of Quaternary alluvium. The Cheval Blanc grape variety is made up of 52% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is quite rare for a Saint-Émilion.

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