Cheval Blanc and Ausone
Tasting with Alain and Pauline Vauthier at Ausone and Arnaud and Pierre-Olivier at Cheval Blanc is a rare privilege. There’s little argument that these original Premier Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ St Emilions are in a class of their own. Their terroirs are unique and matchless; their technical teams are unrivalled. Both vie for the wine of the vintage; Cheval Blanc with its masterful display of precision and its effortless tannins; Ausone with its hallmark aromatic profile and profoundly complex fruit. They both left members of the Justerinis & Brooks’ team speechless. These are amongst Bordeaux’s most ethereal and exceptional wines, which will no doubt rank alongside the legendary vintages from these great Chateaux.
Chateau Cheval Blanc
‘The 2015 Cheval Blanc represents the entire vineyard this year, since there is no Le Petit Cheval (two plots that did not meet requirements were not included in any blend). A blend of 45% Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot, matured in 100% new oak, it has a very complex bouquet, subtle and tightly wound, very precise with dark berry fruit, hints of graphite, minerals and a hint of black pepper, perhaps a little spicier than recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with extraordinarily fine tannin. Beautifully balanced, perfectly controlled, this Cheval Blanc gently builds in the mouth, but remains strict and precise. The Cabernet Franc here is very expressive (though apparently the Merlot was showier prior to malolactic). This is an intellectual Cheval Blanc, thoroughly enjoyable, but it will need 10-12 years to really show its pedigree. A profound wine in the making, it will rank with the great wines of the past. 97-99/100’. – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
‘A mindbinder of a wine with pure fruit and so much fine tannins and mineral character. It’s hyper tight and super polished. The palate starts off slowly and ends with a bang. Amazing endless finish. What an energy. 100/100’. – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com