2018 Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion
Together with Château Pétrus and Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc is one of the legends of the Right Bank. Always possesses enormous concentration, but at the same time finesse and freshness. This cru is owned by the Belgian Albert Frère and Bernard Arnault. It is Pierre Lurton (from the Dominique Lurton branch) who vinifies the wine (just like in Château d'Yquem). This year the vinification took place for the fifth time in the ultra-modern new chais of the architect Christian de Portzamparc. 50 specially shaped (tronconical) concrete cuvees are used for microvinification per plot. Concrete was chosen because it has good thermal insulation and a tronconical shape because it ensures a gentler extraction of the berries for better fermentation. Everything is also vinified using the principle of gravity (so the wine or berries are no longer pumped up). A gigantic investment in the service of quality!
Thirty-three plots contributed to the 2018 Cheval Blanc, out of 43 in production. Five went to Petit Cheval and five to bulk. The Cheval Blanc 2018 is a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a pH of 3.75 and an alcohol percentage of 14.5%. In the glass the wine is very dark purple with violet hues. Very complex notes of fruit, flowers (lilac and violet), herbs and freshness on the nose. Memorable concentrate of invigorating red fruit, unctuous finesse and graceful freshness. As always in a pure, refined and particularly nuanced style. With loads of kirsch, raspberry, blueberry reduction and impeccably integrated oak. After a powerful attack that is rich and full, a very voluminous, pure and delicious middle taste follows with fine tannins that are very precise and elegant. The volume and fattiness continue into the never-ending finale. 98-99/100 Parker and 98-99/100 Suckling
FACT: In the 'Attachments' tab you will find the official fact sheet of this beautiful wine. We will send this to you automatically when you order this wine. The wine is stored in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will often receive a nice discount. You will see your discount immediately when you choose 'Collect' on the checkout page. We are located in Dordrecht with plenty of parking. Click here for our address.
|Type of Wine
|Château Cheval Blanc
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard