2015 Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Emilion (750ml) »FUTURES«

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2015 Chateau Cheval Blanc
# FRCHME15BE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Emilion
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 99WA, 99WE, 97JS, 97V

This is a FUTURES item. 2015 futures will begin arriving in 2018. 18 bottles available.

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The 2015 Cheval Blanc represents the entire vineyard this year, since there is no Le Petit Cheval (two plots that did not meet requirements were not included in any blend). A blend of 45% Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot, matured in 100% new oak, it has a very complex bouquet, subtle and tightly wound, very precise with dark berry fruit, hints of graphite, minerals and a hint of black pepper, perhaps a little spicier than recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with extraordinarily fine tannin. Beautifully balanced, perfectly controlled, this Cheval Blanc gently builds in the mouth, but remains strict and precise. The Cabernet Franc here is very expressive (though apparently the Merlot was showier prior to malolactic). This is an intellectual Cheval Blanc, thoroughly enjoyable, but it will need 10-12 years to really show its pedigree. A profound wine in the making, it will rank with the great wines of the past.

97-99 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 224 - Apr 2016)

In a year when no second wine (Petit Cheval) was produced, this wine has come from most of the parcels that make up the Cheval Blanc vineyard. It is sumptuous and rich, with fine acidity and impressive fine tannins. It is a beautiful, rich wine that is already well balanced.

97-99 points, Wine Enthusiast (2016)

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.

96-97 points, James Suckling (Apr 2016)

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.

95-97 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2016)