Robert Parker 96
The blend this year is 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and 56% Merlot, possessing an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cheval Blanc needs a fair bit of coaxing to reveal notions of plum preserves, redcurrant jelly, kirsch and red roses plus emerging nuances of aniseed, Sichuan pepper, pencil lead and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers impressive intensity with layer upon layer of red and black flavors with sparks of minerals and floral notes plus a firm line of fine-grained tannins and bold freshness to support, finishing very long and very fragrant.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2055
Tasted blind. Mid ruby colour. Highly aromatic, grilled red peppers, roasted red cherries and strawberries with baking spices. The palate is glossy and suave; yet remains fresh throughout. There is a real hit of Cabernet Franc vibrancy – crunchy, leafy and edgy while remaining perfectly harmonious throughout. This is a wine that flies close to the edge but is beautifully executed. (TP)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040