Château Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A 2021
Red wine

Château Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A 2021

The 30th anniversary with Pierre Lurton as director – his first vintage of 1991 was also impacted by frost, but far more severely, to the point where they made no grand vin at all – and the last official year as Premier Grand Cru Classé A following the property’s withdrawal from the St-Emilion ranking. Easily one of the wines of the vintage – powerful, classical and intellectual, with stretched out, taut tannins and a slow build of raspberry, redcurrant and blueberry fruits, run through with rosebud and peony aromatics. It’s not voluptuous like the 2015 or 2018 Cheval, but has gorgeous balance and depth, and will deliver for decades, putting it in a select band of 2021 estates. Biggest percentage of Cabernet Franc since 2011, and the first time to use more Cabernet Franc than Merlot in the blend. Ageing is expected to be 19 months, to ensure a little extra polish on the tannins. No chaptilisation.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Alcohol

13.4%

Bottle size

750ml

Origin

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Sub-region

St Emilion & Pomerol

Area

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOP

Tasting Information

Tasted by

Jane Anson