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Château Cheval Blanc




St Emilion

Grape Blend:

Merlot | Cab. Franc

Château Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2012

6x75cl £2,000.00

1 case

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Tasting Note:

The Cheval Blanc team worked hard in the vineyard throughout July and August. After veraison, any green fruit was dropped to help the vines ripen the berries that had changed colour. 35 of the 45 plots at the estate were used in the grand vin including a 1.4 hectare site that used to form part of Tour du Pin. This vineyard has been classified 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A' and has been added to the Cheval Blanc estate, the first acquisition since 1871. The final blend is 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc. Quite closed and reserved initially, but after some coaxing one can glimpse into this brooding, sleek, monolith. Liquid minerals and a medley of dark liqueur fruit dominate, interspersed with anise, Asian spice, cedar and cigar box. The palate is packed with griotte liqueur, bilberries and graphity minerality. This is an example of perfectionist winemaking; the fruit is pure velvet and the tannins are those of the finest Cabernet. Sleek, refined, powerful and hugely impressive. A fantastic Cheval Blanc.

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