2020 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 branch of Dominique Lurton) who vinifies the wine (just like in Château d'Yquem). This year was vinified for the fifth time in the ultra modern new chais of the architect Christian de Portzamparc. 50 specially shaped (tronconical) concrete cuvees are responsible for microvinification per plot. Concrete was chosen because it has good thermal insulation and a troconical shape because it ensures a softer extraction of the berries for better fermentation. Everything is also vinified with the principle of gravity (so the wine or berries are no longer pumped up). A gigantic investment in the service of quality!
Thirty-three lots contributed to the Cheval Blanc, of the 43 in production. Five went to Petit Cheval and five to bulk. The Cheval Blanc 2018 is a blend of Merlot & Cabernet Franc supplemented with a little Cabernet Sauvignon, with a pH of 3.75 and an alcohol content of 14.5%. In the glass the wine is very dark purple with violet hues. In the nose very complex notes of fruit, flowers (lilacs and violets), herbs and freshness. 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 delicate mid-palate follows with fine tannins that are very precise and elegant. The volume and oiliness continue into the non-ending finale.
|Available as of||Mar 28, 2023|
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Château Cheval Blanc|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||99|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|