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. Drink 2025-2065
|Score: 97/99||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Phenomenal aromas of cherries, flowers, blackberries and sandalwood. Pure fruit. Full-bodied, dense and polished with incredible tannin quality like the finest, densest silk ball. In perfect proportions. Compact. Seamless and endless. Gorgeous to taste now but give it six or seven years to understand it better.
|Score: 99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
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.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 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.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
The nose has floral balsamic aromas the palate a mix of black fruits bramble freshness backed by sweeter cassis. Depth in the middle the rich fruit is underpinned by dark chocolate velvety smooth opulent. It is lighter at the back seamless with a hint of spice and vanilla on the finish.
|Score: 95/98||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
For the first time since 1988, there was no second wine (Petit Cheval) at Cheval Blanc, such
was the team’s confidence in the quality of nearly all of the 45 parcels. It sounds like hubris,
but this is very special indeed. Complex, scented and nuanced, with a cool elegance that was
difficult to achieve in 2015. The tannins are silky, caressing the palate, while the finish lingers
like the last note of a great string quartet. Drink: 2025-40
|Score: 98||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
One of the wines of this stellar vintage is undeniably the 2015 Cheval Blanc from Pierre Lurton, and it’s going to be interesting to compare this beauty up against the 2005, 2009 and 2010 over the coming three to four decades. Made from a mix of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc brought up in new barrels, it’s a wine compared to the 1998 by Lurton, which is a perfect wine today. The 2015s deep purple color is followed by a sensational perfume of violets, spring flowers, Asian spices, and graphite and the wine has an incredible core of raspberry and currant fruit. With full-bodied richness, thrilling purity of fruit, ultra-fine tannin, and a beautiful finish, hide bottle for 5-6 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following three decades or more. It’s also worth noting that this is the first vintage since 1988 where this estate has opted to not produce their second wine, the Petit Cheval. 2023 - 2063
|Score: 98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Very sweet almost balsam nose. Very distinctive! Really fine with lovely tannins. Lots of ripe fruit and masses of tannin as well as ripeness. The alcohol is only just moderate enough. Very dramatic without being at all exaggerated. Some red pepper powder notes. 14.35%
|Score: 18.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Cheval Blanc is one of the great names of Bordeaux and the most famous Chateau in Saint Emilion. 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). A stunning new winery has recently been completed. There is no doubt that this is a great vineyard with an excellent wine-making team. Quality in 2015 was so uniformly high, and yields so low (29 hl/ha) that they decided not to make any Petit Cheval (the second label). Consequently there will be 130,000 bottles produced. The final blend is 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. Vivid ruby in colour, with a milk chocolate, caramel, blackcurrant and violet nose. The initially silky palate reveals huge underlying intensity and complexity, with understated opulence of black cherry, clove, chocolate, vanilla and graphite. Incredibly complex and superbly textured with ultra-refined tannins. The intensity continues to build all the way through to the finish, with superb precision and focus. The flavours linger long after the wine has gone in what is already a harmonious, elegant and seductive wine.
|Score: 18.5||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
No Petit Cheval was made this year because as they assembled the Grand Vin, putting plot after plot into the mix, only
three plots didn’t make the cut, so this is an extraordinary wine in this respect alone. There was incredible homogeneity
this year and, with low yields, of 29 hl/ha, this is a concentrated and dense Cheval Blanc and it is more closed and introspective
than usual. There is a lovely, fresh, menthol character, probably coming from Cabernet Franc, which breaks up
the depth of black fruit and helps to lengthen the palate. Rich and noble, this is a confident and dense wine with a touch
of austerity and it will be a long lived wine.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|