2015 Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Region St Emilion
  • Grape Cabernet Franc / Merlot
  • Drinking 2025 - 2050
  • Case size 6x75cl
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2015 - Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Region St Emilion
  • Grape Cabernet Franc / Merlot
  • Drinking 2025 - 2050
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £4,396.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £3,650.00 In Bond
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  • Goedhuis, April 2016, Score: 97-99

    The estate’s 45 plots are usually separated into the Grand Vin and second wine, Petit Cheval. Pierre Lurton says that in 2015, uniquely, only two parcels were not of Grand Vin quality, hence the absence of a second wine this year. Discreet, magical, and undeniably one of the wines of the vintage. This is an extraordinary pleasure to taste, with a density of dark fruits and mellifluous tannins. Pierre says the blend – 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc – is “très Cheval”. There is no greenness, no over-ripeness. It is savoury, graceful, agile, and restrained in its precision and purity. An exceedingly grown up wine.

  • Neal Martin, July 2019, Score: 96+

    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, July 2019, Score: 96+

    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.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2016, Score: 95-97

    A wine of total finesse, the 2015 Cheval Blanc speaks to understatement above all else. Sweet floral notes meld into a core of bright red stone fruits and mint. Silky, nuanced and wonderfully persistent on the palate, the 2015 possesses remarkable depth, but in an understated fashion. There is plenty of tannin buried beneath the fruit. The 2015 is not an obvious Cheval Blanc, but rather a sublime wine that will only start to blossom with a decade plus in bottle. It will drink well for decades beyond that.

  • Robert Parker, Feb 2018, Score: 100

    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. Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 100/100 Drink Dates 2024-2058

  • James Suckling, April 2016, Score: 96-97

    A Cheval with a depth and finesse that reminds me of the 1998. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and amazing length and beauty. Such finesse and harmony. Super silky and classic for Cheval Blanc.

  • Decanter, April 2016, Score: 98

    My Right Bank wine of the vintage and close to perfection. 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, representing 90.5% of this year’s production (no Petit Cheval this year). Exudes elegance, class and precision. Dense, fresh, perfumed nose and the most velvety of textures. Remarkable quality of tannin allows a gentle attack then prodigious length and persistence. Nothing out of place.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2016, Score: 18.5+

    (55 Merlot, 45 Cabernet Franc) | 100% new oak. | 14% alc. | 29 hl/ha. No Petit Cheval was made this year because as they assembled the Grand Vin, putting plot after plot into the mix, only three plots didn’t make the cut, so this is an extraordinary wine in this respect alone. There was incredible homogeneity this year and, with low yields, of 29 hl/ha, this is a concentrated and dense Cheval Blanc and it is more closed and intro¬spective than usual. There is a lovely, fresh, menthol character, probably coming from Cabernet Franc, which breaks up the depth of black fruit and helps to lengthen the palate. Rich and noble, this is a confident and dense wine with a touch of austerity and it will be a long lived wine.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2016, Score: 18.5+

    55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. 34 days of picking, 3 September - 6 October! Historic long vintage. No Petit Cheval, so 90% of the crop went into this wine. Very sweet almost balsam nose. Very distinctive! Really fine with lovely tannins. Lots of ripe fruit and masses of tannin as well as ripeness. The alcohol is only just moderate enough. Very dramatic without being at all exaggerated. Some red pepper powder notes. 14.35% Drink 2027-2050

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...Read more

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.Read less

Region

St Emilion

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.