Bordeaux

2015 Cheval Blanc

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Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cheval Blanc is still incredibly primary at this very youthful stage. With coaxing, it unfurls to reveal beguiling notions of ripe black cherries, mulberries, licorice, baking spices and smoked meats with touches of incense and potpourri plus wafts of cast iron pan and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, very rich, very firm/taut and with very ripe, fine-grained tannins, it allows a glimpse at its incredible depth of flavors with a very long multi-layered finish. Wow. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
100 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cheval Blanc is still incredibly primary at this very youthful stage. With coaxing, it unfurls to reveal beguiling notions of ripe black cherries, mulberries, licorice, baking spices and smoked meats with touches of incense and potpourri plus wafts of cast iron pan and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, very rich, very firm/taut and with very ripe, fine-grained tannins, it allows a glimpse at its incredible depth of flavors with a very long multi-layered finish. Wow.

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100 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

As many readers may know, 2015 was the first year since 1988 that Cheval Blanc did not produce its second wine, Petit Cheval. This said, parts of two of the Cheval Blanc blocks were not used at all—Plot 17A and the north part of Plot 10—which had problems with water availability during the dry spell, and the fruit was sold for bulk. Therefore, this vintage of the Grand Vin equates to roughly 90% of the total production, making it one of the most complete expressions of Cheval Blanc ever produced. Composed of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cheval Blanc slowly opens up to reveal plum preserves, black forest cake, blackberry pie and pronounced licorice notes with suggestions of cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, dried Provence herbs and lavender plus wafts of iron ore and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and densely packed with incredible layers of black, red and blue fruits, it completely fills the palate with energy and expression, framed by very ripe, wonderfully velvety tannins and a racy line of acid, finishing with incredible length and poise. At once achingly graceful and captivatingly cerebral, this is a legendary vintage for this great estate.

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99 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

Totally seamless in the glass, with no beginning and no end, the 2015 Cheval Blanc is simply extraordinary. It's hard to describe the 2015, because all of its elements are so perfectly in place. Beautifully delineated aromatics make a strong opening statement. Vibrant and wonderfully nuanced on the palate, the wine exudes energy and vitality through to the persistent, silky finish. Many other 2015s speak with more assertiveness and volume, but Cheval Blanc is more understsated. In 2015, Cheval Blanc created quite a stir in announcing that a whopping 91% of their crop would be bottled as Grand Vin. There will be no Petit Cheval, while the rest of the wine was sold internally.

Expert Review
98 POINTS
Wine Spectator

A lovely sanguine hint leads off, followed by racy, elegant juniper, tobacco, red currant and damson plum notes that move in unison. Broadens and deepens, adding notes of currant preserves, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco, with a swath of loamy structure. Yet even as the bass line increases in volume through the finish, this maintains purity and poise. Should deliver some stunning aromatics at peak, which will take awhile to achieve. Best from 2025 through 2045. 8,250 cases made.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2015 Cheval Blanc has an intense bouquet of red and black fruit but lacks the precision and detail of some of its peers at present. It gradually unfurls to reveal light graphite/pencil box aromas, along with a touch of sous-bois indicative of a healthy percentage of Cabernet Franc. The fresh, vibrant palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a slightly closed, reticent finish, suggesting that it is saving more for later. Classic in style, more so than its peers, but worth cellaring for certain. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Deep red/purple hue. The bouquet rose petals, black fruits, dark plums and blackberry, cassis - a parade of red fruits and spices. The alcohol and glycerol create an essency headiness on the nose and palate. Super-ripe black plums and a touch of plum eau-de-vie on the long, resonant follow-through. The tannins are soft and malleable. Very good.

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Jancis Robinson MW

Tasted blind. Neat, low key on the nose. Opulent, round and fleshy palate, then neat, dry finish. Pretty smart. Score: 18.5/20

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Jancis Robinson MW

Served by Philip Shaw to compare and contrast with his new Hoosegg releases form Australia. Very deep crimson. Powerfully aromatic – decongestant. Spice and sweet and very exotic but clean and fresh on finish. Slightly tarry. Drinkable. Red peppercorns on the nose. Score: 18.5/20

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Cheval Blanc has an intense bouquet of red and black fruit but lacks the precision and detail of some of its peers at present. It gradually unfurls to reveal light graphite/pencil box aromas, along with a touch of sous-bois indicative of a healthy percentage of Cabernet Franc. The fresh, vibrant palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a slightly closed, reticent finish, suggesting that it is saving more for later. Classic in style, more so than its peers, but worth cellaring for certain. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin Vinous 96 Points

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Winemakers Note

Cheval Blanc is unarguably one of the absolute stars of the vintage. This wine is so pure, precise, fresh, subtle and delicate that it is somehow mesmerizing, surreal. Pierre Olivier Clouet tiressly and eloquently explains how an obsessive quest of freshness guides every step of Cheval Blanc's elaboration. 2015 might well be its most accomplished expression to this day.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: June 30th, 2024


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