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Cheval Blanc (6xbt)

2016 Cheval Blanc (6xbt)

The 2016 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and (the return of) 3% Cabernet Sauvignon from the gravel soils since in this vintage the vines showed absolutely no stress. It delivers 14.25% alcohol with an IPT of 75 and a pH 3.67, which Pierre Lurton told me is a little lower than normal. As usual, it is matured in 100% new oak. It has a very pure, correct and quite penetrating bouquet with black cherries, blackcurrant, graphite and a touch of wild mint. It is bashful at first but opens with confidence with aeration (incidentally, I allowed my sample 40 minutes to open). The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin and a killer line of acidity that imparts so much freshness from the starting gun. That soupçon on Cabernet Sauvignon does make a difference, lending a subtle vein of graphite that runs throughout the wine. It remains linear, with laser-like focus towards the extraordinarily persistent finish, pencil lead on the "HB" aftertaste. This is a classic and intellectual Cheval Blanc, not as charming perhaps as the 2015 Cheval Blanc, but it will unquestionably age gracefully over decades not years. Drink Date 2024 - 2060

 
Score: 97-99                           Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230)

CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
Vintage2016
WineryCheval Blanc
ColourRed
Grape59% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
AvailabilitySpring 2019
DutyEP
AppellationSt Emilion
PackagingOWC
Price: £3,150.00


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