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A true masterpiece
14 June 2019

Since Pierre-Olivier Clouet became the Technical Director at Cheval Blanc, a seamless run of great wines has ensued. He has a bold, but quite simple vision utilizing the breadth and diversity of the terroirs at Cheval Blanc to develop complexity in the wine. The blending process is staggeringly intricate, but Pierre-Olivier and his team have mastered this art and are responsible for the finest sequence of wines this great chateau has ever produced. In an illustrious history, 2018 is without doubt the pinnacle of their achievements. Along with Lafleur, it was our selection of the Right Bank and arguably of the whole vintage. It is a breath-taking wine, a wine of nobility and grace. It reveals itself demurely; there’s nothing extravagant or pretentious, it is effortless and calm, yet there is such complexity and depth. Detailed nuances flicker and delight the palate, while majestic tannins support the full kaleidoscopic intricacy of this glorious wine. It’s a wine that defies comprehension. It is both cerebral and hedonistic, high-brow and rather sexy, powerful yet impeccably fluid. There’s no doubt that Cheval Blanc 2018 is a masterpiece that all wine lovers will want to drink many times during their lives.

“The 2018 Cheval Blanc is dazzling. Creamy, supple and inviting, the 2018 is endowed with phenomenal balance. The tannins and overall structure are imposing, and yet the richness of the fruit and perfect ripeness of the tannin really stand out. In 2018, Cheval is a bit richer than is often the case, but that is not at all a bad thing. I am struck by how much freshness and energy the 2018 has. Hints of lavender, spice and licorice add shades of nuance, but it is the wine's overall sense of harmony that leaves the strongest impression. A precise counterpoint of fruit richness and finesse makes for a truly unforgettable Cheval Blanc. 97-100/100”. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com

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