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Cheval-Blanc 2014
6x75.0cl Original Wooden Case £ 1,920.00 1 case available

Region

France > Bordeaux > Libournais > Saint-Emilion

Producer

Chateau Cheval Blanc

Grape

Bordeaux Red Blend

Type

Red

Designation

AOP

Vineyard

Chateau Cheval Blanc

Appellation

Saint-Emilion

Classification

Premier Grand Cru Classe A

Score

98/100 Tim Atkin MW; 96/100 AG, 96/100 NM

Provenance

Tasting note

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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 31/08/2018
Drink: 2022-2042


"Medium garnet colored, the 2014 Cheval Blanc is still looking very youthful and wearing a bit of puppy fat, sporting gregarious red and black cherries notes with hints of oolong tea, wilted roses and dusty soil. Medium-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the lively fruit, it finishes on a lingering perfumed note."


Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2020-2050


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.


Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/2015
Drink: 2019-2045


The Château Cheval Blanc 2014 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Merlot, picked from 19 September until 8 October. 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 than 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 an graininess 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 linear and fresh, in some ways reminiscent of the string of superb wines produced in the 1980s. This is a formidable Cheval Blanc whose evolution will be fascinating to witness.



Profile

Area under vines: 41 hectares
Soils: clayey, gravelly and sandy
Average age of the vines: 40 years
Planting density: 6500 vines/ha
Production: 150 000 bottles a year
Ageing: in new oak barrels
Grape varieties:
  • Cabernet Franc 58%
  • Merlot 42%

Second wine: LE PETIT CHEVAL
Learn more about Château Cheval Blanc here

Contact details

Name

Chateau Cheval Blanc

Address

Château Cheval Blanc, Saint Emilion, France

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