2016 Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Drinking
2024-2039
Case Size
6x75cl
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2016 Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Drinking
2024-2039
Case Size
6x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£3,050.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(1 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 96-98

This extraordinary St Emilion is never the showiest during the primeur tastings, but its class this year could not be questioned. A classical blend of 60% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Refined and beautifully subtle with berry and currant aromas. The Cabernet Franc component provides a wonderful line of distinction and the Merlot adds a delicious degree of sweetness and volume. The tightly knit tannins provide greater depth and persistence on the finish. DR

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Producer

Château Cheval Blanc

Several years ago, 10 of the world's top wine specialists were asked if they could own a wine estate, which one would it be. At least 5 of them said Château Cheval Blanc. Indeed, this château is like no other. Wonderfully silky and smooth yet powerful, Cheval Blanc is often approachable when young yet has the capacity to age for many years. Its unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc (usually 50% or more) accompanied by Merlot has undoubtedly contributed to its allure.

Region

St Emilion, Red Bordeaux

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.

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