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Bordeaux 2020: Château Cheval Blanc
11 May 2021

We were on a zoom call with Pierre-Olivier yesterday afternoon and there was no hint that Cheval Blanc would release this morning… We have been caught well and truly off guard. However, following on from the hugely successful 2019, the team at Cheval Blanc has once again released at a price customers will not want to miss. Alas, we have not been able to taste the wine ourselves, but based on current form and the broad grin on Pierre-Olivier’s face, I think it’s safe to assume that this will be one of the wines of the vintage. “2020 was an extreme vintage with a very dry summer and a really hot autumn. The wines reflect perfectly these climatic conditions, with an intense, ripe nose and a powerful, dense tannic structure… 2020 was the driest year at Cheval Blanc since 1959. We had no rain from the 15th of June to the end of September. This has given us dense, powerful wines built on refined, ripe tannins. The harvest took place very early and was very quick. We harvested for 15 days between the 3rd and 23rd of September. It usually takes 40 days. Of the 15 days, 10 reached 30 degrees centigrade. So why are the wines not like 2003? Because the spring water allowed the vines to grow homogenously and build up a resilience to the heat. The fruit has balance. The drought gives power, the warmth gives sexy aromatics, but they never go onto the dark side of excess.”    Read More

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