2019 Château Cheval Blanc, St.-EmilionMonday, June 8
No critics' notes have yet been released for 2019 Cheval-Blanc, but based on our tasting of Angelus last week (see below), we see great potential for freshness and energy in Saint-Emilion in this vintage. Moreover, this is the cheapest Cheval Blanc since 2014, 30% below the 2018! At £4500 per dozen and compared to around £6000 for vintages like 2015, '16 and '18, we expect to this to be a popular release this year.
2019 Château Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classé St.-Emilion
"Extremely precise floral and berry aromatics build out of the glass and this sense of construction continues through the palate. On the attack you get a whoosh of powerful blueberry and blackberry, with sage, woodsmoke and crushed stone, all cut cleanly through, exposing juicy minerality and a feel of different elements layering on top of each other. 82% 1st wine in this vintage. Harvest from September 10, picking only in the mornings for two weeks (the only three plots of Merlot that were brought in after the September rains are in Petit Cheval). Biodiversity is blooming at Cheval right now - 40 brebis goats and sheep since October 2019, alongside pigs, 200 Bresse chicken, 40 egg-laying chickens and 16 beehives. They have planted 850 fruit trees this winter among the vines, and no longer work the soils. Less Cabernet Franc in the vineyard until 2022 due to replanting. Drinking Window 2027 - 2044. 98 points." Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020
£2250 IB per six bottles (EXTREMELY LIMITED)