Chateau Cheval Blanc – St Emilion 1st Grand Cru 2016
The 2016 Cheval Blanc is blended of 59.5% Merlot, 37.2% Cabernet Franc and 3.3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is incredibly youthful yet not so shy as some other 2016s at this stage, giving wonderfully intense scents of red currants, black cherries, wild blueberries and violets with nuances of star anise, cinnamon stick, rose hip tea, cigar box and wood smoke plus a touch of beef drippings.
Medium to full-bodied, the palate has jaw-dropping elegance and depth, offering up layer upon layer of fragrant red and black fruits plus an extraordinary array of mineral sparks, supported by a rock-solid grainy texture, finishing with epic persistence and an edifying perfume. This is a very different style from the rich, opulently hedonic 2015, yet this wonderfully fragrant, beautifully poised and intellectually compelling 2016 is equally extraordinary.
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Chateau Cheval Blanc is an esteemed winery located in the Bordeaux region of France. It is renowned for producing some of the most exceptional and highly sought-after wines in the world. Situated in the prestigious Saint-Émilion appellation, Chateau Cheval Blanc holds the highest classification of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A.” The history of Château Cheval Blanc dates back to the mid-19th century when it was acquired by the Fourcaud-Laussac family. However, it was in the 20th century that the estate truly flourished under the ownership of the Bernard family, who implemented numerous improvements and innovations in vineyard management and winemaking techniques.
The vineyards of Château Cheval Blanc span approximately 41 hectares (101 acres) and are predominantly planted with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with smaller portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The unique soil composition, known as “graves,” along with the meticulous vineyard practices, contribute to the distinctive character and exceptional quality of the wines. The winemaking at Chateau Cheval Blanc emphasizes a meticulous and artisanal approach. The grapes are carefully harvested and sorted by hand, and the vinification process includes a combination of stainless steel and oak vats. The wines are then aged in French oak barrels, where they develop complexity, structure, and the ability to age gracefully.
Château Cheval Blanc wines are renowned for their elegance, finesse, and complexity. They often display a bouquet of red and black fruits, floral notes, spice, and earthy undertones. On the palate, they are harmonious, well-structured, and offer a long, lingering finish. Due to their limited production and exceptional quality, Château Cheval Blanc wines are highly sought after by collectors, wine enthusiasts, and connoisseurs. They are considered among the most prestigious and coveted wines in the world, representing the pinnacle of winemaking artistry and Bordeaux’s viticultural excellence.
Chateau Cheval Blanc
37.2% Cabernet Franc and 3.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 59.5% Merlot