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VINTAGE 2015 

Monday 2nd November 2015

Vinifications are literally coming to an end: with the running off of the last plot, the tanks now contain wine.

Malolactic fermentations run their course, the wines are fatter and softer.

While watching over each tank, our winery team is dedicated to the reception of new barrels that will host this vintage. They are to test and analyze them one by one, to ensure the absence of any pollution (contamination of wood that could bring aromatic deviations to the wines).

 

08.10.15

Thursday 8th October 2015

This is the beginning of écoulages. We separate the juice and the grape skins, considering that the extraction phase is complete. This decision is taken plot by plot. Each will remain isolated until the blending to be held in the heart of winter.

The maceration phase allowed the tanks to get a quite impressive and silky fat, while maintaining the freshness and tension inseparable of a beautiful Cheval Blanc.

We look forward to taste these wines after malolactic fermentation, which will be a decisive step in our approach to this vintage.

 

06.10.15

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Today is the last day of the harvest, 34 days after mobilization of our teams to give birth to this exceptional vintage. These are the longest harvest of all Cheval Blanc history!

In total, over more than a month, only twelve days were devoted to the harvest, an average of one day picking every three days: the harvest à la carte.

In the daily tastings, we taste each tank, i.e. each plot. It becomes clear at this point that in 2015, only a few will be devoted to Petit Cheval, all others are qualified for Cheval Blanc.

 

26.09.15

Saturday 26th September 2015

The harvest progresses step by step, according to the maturities, without any urgency. We have harvested much of our Merlots and already eight of our twenty-two plots of Cabernet franc. As opposed to popular belief, soils far outweigh grape varieties, which is why we picked our gravel plots, Cabernet and Merlot together, before attacking our clay plots.

15.09.15

 

 

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Based on the daily tastings of grapes, four plots of Merlot seem to have reached the ideal maturity. Some are traditionally early as 1A and 7, the others are usually later, 32 and 3A. Again, this is an illustration of the absence of systematization in our approach for maturity.

We enter today the heart of the harvest.

Each rainfall seems to have spared the right bank, so we have a great freedom for the picking strategy.

 

11.09.15Friday 28th August 2015

 

After a rather cool and wet period in mid-August (about 75 mm for the month, close to average), good weather settles permanently and allows a speedy maturation of the grapes.

At this stage, the vineyard is beautiful, the well distributed grapes on the vines look very colorful. Berries are very small, which suggests a vintage of great concentration.

Again, considering the scorching weather, we are happy never to cut the leaves on the western side, exposed to the sun in the afternoon. This practice preserves the aromatic freshness so dear to Cheval Blanc.

03.09.15

 

Thursday 3rd September 2015

To everyone's surprise, we send our teams harvesting the first red plot of the vintage!

Indeed, this young vine of incredible potential combines this year factors of earliness: warm gravel soil, moderate rooting (due to his youth) and favorable weather conditions. Faithful to the style of the house, we pick on the freshness with still an impressive balance.

09.08.15

 

Sunday 9th August 2015

The few rains of late July were welcome as they allowed the generalization, acceleration, and homogenization of the véraison. This milestone passes remarkably well this year and seriously limits our usual procedure to cut some late green grapes.

The vine growth arrest is now reached on all our plots. The plant will now focus on grape ripening, rather than on the growth of its foliage. Therefore, the trimming frequency is greatly diminished this year.

20.07.15

 

Monday, 20th July 2015

While the dry and scorching conditions persist, the Cheval Blanc vineyard is thriving thanks to an excellent rooting (favored by the age of the vines and frequent ploughing). The plant can then find the freshness and moisture at depth, thanks to the clay subsoil.

On the earliest terroir of the estate, the vines have greatly slowed or halted their growth. This early cessation is often a good indicator of a great vintage in the making.

On the warmer soils, veraison (grapes coloring) snaps for Merlot.

12.07.15

 

Sunday 12th July 2015

Heat and drought are still moving up a notch. This is great news for the vine, because at this stage water scarcity generates low weight of berries and therefore a good concentration.

Only a young Merlot plot on gravelly soil (plot 19, planted in 2012) is suffering a bit because of its still shallow roots. That's why we decide to relieve by severe green harvesting (removal of a bunch out of of two) to allow it to get through this difficult step.

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The Story

Whether by design or by pure chance, there are in the world exceptional places. Cheval Blanc is one of these. Combining a unique soil with a symbiotic mix of grape varieties, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Cheval Blanc produces a wine, which has the rare quality of being good at any age. It is without doubt one of the most consistent wines in the world. Cheval Blanc's unique identity is due to its varied soils, early-ripening microclimate, the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard, and the close proximity of the finest wines of Pomerol.

Château Cheval Blanc has the rare ability to be good at whatever age. It is enjoyable young or as much as a century old in certain vintages. However, a great wine only reveals its full potential and all its subtle nuances after several years in bottle. It takes time to show its true colours and before reaching its peak. Every vintage of Cheval Blanc is made according to the traditional philosophy that great wine needs to age.
It should nevertheless be said that wines with ageing potential go through several periods, and that each one has its own type of attractiveness. This is all part of Château Cheval Blanc's fascinating complexity. Three different bottles of Cheval Blanc from the same vintage drunk at five, twenty, and forty years of age will each show a different facet of the same wine, variations on the same lovely theme. A bottle of fine wine meant to age is like a library of flavours that develop throughout its existence.
Wine is a "cultural" beverage that is very much alive and develops countless nuances over time. That is why this long waiting period needs to be respected. It is crucial to the wine's evolution, so that it can deliver its very best.

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Vintage 2015

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

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

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% Drink 2027-2050

Score: 18.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

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Here is the epitome of the Cheval Blanc style. The nose is a fragrant medley of ripe fruit, licorice, raspberries, a little smokiness, and floral notes. It is fairly dense and powerful as it opens, and the high percentage of Cabernet Franc with which it was made is evident. It is sweet yet undeniably elegant, red cherries, plums and herbs past the mid palate. The smooth tannins are charming, and the lively yet balanced acidity gives it great lift. The finish, usually exceptional, was just a little dry on this showing, though it didn’t undermine the lovely overall symphony between fruit, acid and tannin. Asian spices and coffee lap at the palate in the aftermath. Overall, a wine of remarkable intensity that also has an ethereal grace that almost reminds you in that aspect of great Lafite. It is a signature Cheval Blanc of great breeding and elegance. 97 Points+

  • 97p
For the first time in many years this property hasn't produced second wine Le Petit Cheval in 2015. While visiting Cheval Blanc during harvest in September 2015, I was allowed to taste many samples taken out from vats/barrels before fermentation and during fermentation, especially Cabernet Franc ones. Cheval Blanc's technical directeur, Pierre Olivier Clouet, said to me already then, that the potential of different cuvées (parcels) was amazing. So it didn't really surprised me that they skipped second wine in 2015. Cheval Blanc showed pure elegance and finesse, great richness and depth, sophisticated touch and velvety texture. Great concentration and length. Incredibly stylish and classy wine, which imho will improve from further ageing in barrels. 97+p.
  • 97p
Vibrant berries with concentration. Hint of pencil sharpen and gamey. Rich and intnese wine. Some wool can also be detected from nose. Very good tannin and texture and yet very silky. Beautiful dark fruit long finish. 97-99
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Origin

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

Here is the epitome of the Cheval Blanc style. The nose is a fragrant medley of ripe fruit, licorice, raspberries, a little smokiness, and floral notes. It is fairly dense and powerful as it opens, and the high percentage of Cabernet Franc with which it was made is evident. It is sweet yet undeniably elegant, red cherries, plums and herbs past the mid palate. The smooth tannins are charming, and the lively yet balanced acidity gives it great lift. The finish, usually exceptional, was just a little dry on this showing, though it didn’t undermine the lovely overall symphony between fruit, acid and tannin. Asian spices and coffee lap at the palate in the aftermath. Overall, a wine of remarkable intensity that also has an ethereal grace that almost reminds you in that aspect of great Lafite. It is a signature Cheval Blanc of great breeding and elegance. 97 Points+

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97p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"For the first time in many years this property hasn't produced second wine Le Petit Cheval in 2015. While visiting Cheval Blanc during harvest in September 2015, I was allowed to taste many samples taken out from vats/barrels before fermentation and during fermentation, especially Cabernet Franc ones. Cheval Blanc's technical directeur, Pierre Olivier Clouet, said to me already then, that the potential of different cuvées (parcels) was amazing. So it didn't really surprised me that they skipped second wine in 2015.
Cheval Blanc showed pure elegance and finesse, great richness and depth, sophisticated touch and velvety texture. Great concentration and length. Incredibly stylish and classy wine, which imho will improve from further ageing in barrels. 97+p."

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98p
 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Vibrant berries with concentration. Hint of pencil sharpen and gamey. Rich and intnese wine. Some wool can also be detected from nose. Very good tannin and texture and yet very silky. Beautiful dark fruit long finish. 97-99"

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Medium deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, her garden, praline espresso aromas. Silky textures wine with dark cherry, raspberry fruit, supple sweet fruit flavours, inky textures. Finishes chocolaty firm and chalky. Very minerally and elegant. Graphite. Really lovely tannin structure. Lacy plume. A dense expressive wine with power and longevity. 97 points "

1y 2m ago

96p
 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe A - 55% Merlot 45% Cabernet Franc
The nose is fresh fruit, red fruit, horse hair, spice, ample texture and mid-palate, good freshness, lovely mouthfeel, round, very supple like the 1998, but I don’t think it quite has the concentration of the finest vintages a very elegant wine though. 94-97/100 2030-2050"

1y 2m ago

98p
 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Well concentrated nose with typical Cabernet-Franc character, raspberries and hints of violets, blackcurrants in the background as well as hints of dark cherries. Excellent palate with great length, freshness and minerality, fine fruit, complex flavour. A wine with depth, Cheval-Blanc back at its own style and great character. "

1y 2m ago

96p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2015  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Ruby. Dark fruits, some red berries, spices, floral, fruity, scented, red berries, lovely nose, light exotic notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, detailed, nuanced. Leaner, fruit and texture, elegant, a somewhat leaner and a touch more vibrant Cheval Blanc, long. 95-97"

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