Cheval Blanc 2012

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

A beautiful wine that always seems to drink well, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a sweet, fragrant nose of black and red currants, floral nuances and spice. Supple, round and juicy, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15 or more years. Drink 2015-2030.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The final blend for the 2012 Cheval Blanc was 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc. Despite the use of 100% new oak, there is not a hint of vanillin, toast or espresso notes in the aromatic bouquet, which is filled with scents of black currants, sweet cherries, lavender, forest floor and a hint of underbrush. Concentrated with a surprisingly lofty alcohol level of 13.9% as well as a tannin level that equals their 2010 (a wine bestowed a three-digit score), this full-bodied, opulent 2012 has a pH of 3.8, which accounts for its suppleness, velvety texture and heady richness. It is a great success in this vintage. It will be approachable early given its silky structural aspects, and should last for two decades.

Score: 94/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a perfumed, outgoing, almost "glossy" bouquet that wants to be noticed, lavished with damson, wild strawberry, fig jam and crème de cassis scents that are totally seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, sensual red cherries and wild strawberry fruit, though perhaps the finish showed some superfluous hubris that just erased some of the potential delineation and focus. On this occasion it was pipped to the post by Ausone, but let us see how it matures, because the white horse always repays those that are patient. Tasted January 2016.

Score: 93+Neal Martin, (227), October 2016

The Grand Vin is a blend of 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc, 26th September until the 13th October that comes from 35 different parcels. The picking is done in the vineyard for the first sorting by the pickers and then sorted by hand as they are sure delicate than using optical sorting machine. It has a dense, broody nose that has the looming presence of the Quinault L'Enclos. It veers towards a red fruit profile, with "rocky" aromas, perhaps a touch of marmalade and quince. The palate is medium-bodied but displays very good concentration for the vintages. It feels very harmonious - silky but with a citric acid edge that lends the finish the tension it needs to maintain the freshness. This will probably become a masculine Cheval Blanc that will need a decade in bottle. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 95/97Neal Martin,, May 2013

Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Cheval Blanc reveals lovely cassis, warm black cherries and redcurrant jelly notions with underlying hints of cedar chest, garrigue, Indian spices and damp soil. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses wonderful energy and freshness on the palate with a beautifully poised ethereal nature and long mineral-tinged finish. This elegantly crafted beauty should enter its drinking window in a couple of years and cellar gracefully for another 20+ years. Drink Date 2020 - 2040

Score: 95+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (238), August 2018

A Cheval Blanc with an impressive center palate of blueberries, chocolate, almonds and spices. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful wine. Seamless tannins. Needs a few years of bottle age. Better in 2017

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2015

This is really beautiful with blackberry, chocolate, and light nuts character. Full yet refined and beautiful. Seamless tannins. It goes on for minutes. This is so elegant and beautiful. The tannins are just right and not overdone for the vintage.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, April 2013

54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc. Deep dark crimson. Marked Cabernet nose. Smells pure and fresh and crunchy. Finest of fine tannins but they go deep, as does the fruit. It is not leafy but there that classic Cabernet Franc fresh aroma that tends that way. There's some grip but fine friction. Elegant, long; energy underneath a relatively gentle-seeming exterior. 'Power and sweetness of Merlot and finesse of Cabernet Franc. The true Cheval Blanc style we like', says Kees van Leeuwen. Very clean, complex aromatic profile. Delicious and I think you could drink it, with much pleasure, even earlier than I have suggested. (JH)

Score: 18.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2013

Cheval Blanc is one of the great names of Bordeaux and the most famous Chateau in Saint Emilion. Cheval can be a difficult wine to evaluate when young but rarely disappoints when mature. The 37 hectares of vines border Pomerol but the wine is different from Pomerol thanks to the high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard (52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot). The 2012 was made from a low crop with 31 hl/ha and is a blend of 54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc. This is a wine of great density yet it is light on its feet with a sumptuous palate of creamy milk chocolate and a hint of figs and raisins. Plump, round, fleshy and seductive. A really lovely example of Cheval Blanc at its oppulent best. Silky and finely-balanced with a long finish. Pure class. A great achievement and they've even suggested that they might get the price right this year!

Score: 18.5Farr Vintners, March 2013

This wine is gorgeous in all facets, offering a simultaneously loamy
and creamy mouthfeel, seamless layers of red and black currant,
cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit, and a long, tobacco-fueled
finish that features alluring hints of black tea and incense. The fruit
and terroir shine in this broad, deep and defined style. Best from
2018 through 2030.

Score: 95James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider, January 2015

The nose has a lovely mix of fruits bramble, black cherry and a touch of mulberry all backed by a hint of spice. The mid palate is deep with rich flavours but towards the back it is fresher giving the finish an elegant charm. 2018-35.

Score: 94/97Derek Smedley MW, April 2013

Cheval Blanc's yields were unusually low in 2012 because of a difficult flowering that lasted
a month and a green harvest in August. The proportion of Merlot was slightly lower than
normal, but otherwise this is a typically impressive performance from Pierre Lurton and his
team: focused, polished, yet quite closed, with plenty of tannin and minerality, good density
of fruit and the sense that the wine needs at least a decade to show at its best.
Drink: 2015-40

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW,, April 2013

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