Château Cheval Blanc, 2018

Sumptuously floral and fresh. A wine of both elegance and (near) decadence. “The densest wine we have made since 2011”, remarked director Pierre Olivier Clouet. The blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon has enough acidity for balance. “Early picking helps to maintain that,” he said. Fine freshness and opulence, with black fruit and floral notes, leading to fresh mint and liquorice on the lifting, long finish. “The balance comes from (higher) yields”, says Clouet, comparing the 2018 to the Cheval 1990 and 1998, but the 1990 especially makes me think of the 2018.

Score: 98-100

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

14.5%

Bottle size

75cl

Origin

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Sub-region

St Emilion & Pomerol

Area

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOP

Tasting Information

Name of Tasting

Bordeaux En Primeur 2018

Type of Tasting

Tasting report

Blind

No

Tasted by

Panos Kakaviatos

UK Stockist

En Primeur: not yet released

Global Stockist

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