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2020 Château Cheval Blanc En Primeur

The release of 2020 Château Cheval Blanc marks the official start of the 2020 en primeur campaign.  It also suggests that more major names will release their wines in the coming days.  Offered by Richard Kihl Ltd at £4650 per dozen bottles, the price represents an increase of 3.5% on the 2019 vintage. 

Jean-Marc Quarin scores the 2020 99 points, making it a compelling purchase.  The blend in 2020 is composed of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Stock is extremely limited and offered on allocation, please e--mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk to enquire for availability by.

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2023.

Château Cheval Blanc

Producer Profile

Château Cheval Blanc

Château Cheval Blanc is a 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) in Saint-Émilion.  Originally part of the Figeac estate, it became a separate vineyard in 1832.  Initially the wines were sold under the Figeac label, but the estate acquired its own identity in the 1850s, under the name Cheval Blanc.  The name is believed to derive from a village of the same name which existed here in the 16th century.  It was also in the 1850s that Cheval Blanc began to blend Merlot and Cabernet Franc, establishing the style which defines modern Saint-Émilion wines.  Today the estate, along Château d'Yquem, is owned by LVMH and managed by Pierre Lurton.

The modern estate is comprised of 39 hectares, divided into 45 plots, each vinified separately.  The vineyards are planted to 52% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The estate is blessed with both clay and gravel soils.  Many estates in Saint-Émilion have one but not the other (Cheval Blanc is on the border with Pomerol).  There are three main soil types – fine-textured with clay, more coarsely textured with gravel, and large gravel with sand – making up a complex patchwork.   

Annual production of the grand vin is around 6000 cases.  The second wine is Le Petit Cheval, with around 2500 cases produced.  The impressive vat room, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, allows for precise vinification by individual parcels.

 

RED 2020 Château Cheval Blanc 75cl £2,325 per case of 6 Château Cheval Blanc
2020 / / 75cl
£2,325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesALLOCATION - PLEASE ENQUIRE------"Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. 2028-2048. 98 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 71% of production. Cask sample. Deep colour. Flattering and floral on the nose but slightly hard-edged on the palate. There’s a fleshy quality to the fruit and freshness as well but the luxurious nature of Cheval seems missing this year. Tight and firm at present, even a little pinched, the tannins overwhelm the fruit at present. Drink 2028 - 2040. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)

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