2014 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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WS 97 JL 96 WE 96 DC 95 JA 95 WA 95 VN 95 JS 94 TWI 94
WS 97

Wine Spectator, March 2017

This has dreamy aromas already, with notes of Lapsang souchong tea, smoldering cigar and cold charcoal wafting up from the core of dense yet supple currant, fig and blackberry preserves. A loamy edge thumps through the...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, December 2023

Youthful, seductive, floral, energetic, and aromatic, at this stage, it is the Cabernet Franc that stands out with its almost high-toned red fruits, leaves, flowers, and mint. The palate is more discreet, holding its best...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

With its high proportion of Cabernet Franc (45%), this is a finely perfumed rich wine. It has great tannins, a smoky character that comes from the wood. The tannins are quite marked, giving a tight firm edge to the wine...
DC 95

Decanter, April 2015

55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. 75% of the production. A truly elegant wine with beautiful aroma and flavour. Fine texture and tannins. Long, persistent finish. Lacks the density to be great, but still very fine. (Drink...
JA 95

janeanson.com, February 2024

Leather, cigar box and undergrowth at the 10 years on mark, gently building in concentration and power, more in the Pomerol than St Emilion camp in this particular vintage. Creamy raspberry and damson puree as it opens...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2018

Medium garnet colored, the 2014 Cheval Blanc is still looking very youthful and wearing a bit of puppy fat, sporting gregarious red and black cherries notes with hints of oolong tea, wilted roses and dusty soil...
VN 95

Vinous, March 2024

The 2014 Cheval Blanc has an attractive nose with brambly red fruit, sous-bois, a pencil box and a touch of Xmas cake. It does not take too much aeration before it develops further aromas of black truffle and morels. The...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, June 2022

So much damson-plum and plum-cake richness, plus a substantial amount of fine tannin behind it, give this rich wine an impressively plush texture. Very long, supple finish that makes it hard not to reach for the glass...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, March 2024

Deep garnet-brick in color, the 2014 Cheval Blanc needs a lot of swirling to unlock notes of plum preserves and fruitcake plus suggestions of garrigue, black pepper, and tapenade with a hint of camphor. The medium to...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2014
Size 6L

Chateau Cheval Blanc is a Premier Grand Cru Classe “A” estate located near Pomerol, but within the commune of Saint-Emilion. Its 39 hectares are divided into forty-five plots. While most of the appellation's other famous estates have limestone soil, Cheval Blanc's soil is alluvial, with roughly equal proportions of gravel and clay.

The vineyard has an original combination of grape varieties: 49% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each plot has its own specific profile and, to a certain extent, are treated like separate vineyards because of differences in the age of the vines, grape variety, soil type, surface area, type of rootstock, etc. The combination of these many facets accounts for Cheval Blanc’s great complexity.

Archives show that vines have been grown at Cheval Blanc at least as far back as the 15th century, but the most prestigious part of Cheval Blanc's history can be dated from 1832 when the core plot of the present-day estate was purchased by Jean-Jacques Ducasse, President of the Libourne Trade Tribunal. Over the next twenty years, the purchase of plots belonging to Chateau Figeac led to the vineyard as we know it today.

The impressive 6,000 square-meter cellar adjacent to the chateau, designed by Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in June 2011, houses a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and features two enormous waves of white concrete that rise magnificently out of the ground. There is a garden of wild grasses atop an artificial hill, whose gracious curves are overlooked by the chateau. The wine cellar holds fifty-two concrete vats in six rows.

Formerly known as vin de Figeac, this wine was first sold under the name Cheval Blanc in 1852. The first gold medal won by Cheval Blanc came at the 1878 Universal Exhibition in Paris and that distinction appears on the label.

Each vineyard plot is vinified separately. At the start of fermentation, the juice is gently pumped over three times daily. As fermentation proceeds, pump-over frequency decreases and is eventually stopped when the desired level of extraction has been reached.

The young wine is aged 16 to 18 months in new French oak barrels. Six to seven different coopers are used to ensure complexity and harmony. During this period, the wine is racked by hand five to seven times. Blending takes place after the first three months.

The 2014 Cheval Blanc is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend that exemplifies the elegance and complexity of wines from the Saint Emilion region in Bordeaux, France. This wine showcases a deep red color, enticing the eye with its radiant hues and inviting allure.

Upon first approach, the aromas of damson-plum and plum-cake entice the senses, offering a rich and captivating bouquet. As the wine unfolds on the palate, a substantial amount of fine tannin emerges, creating an impressively plush texture. The wine lingers on the tongue, leaving a velvety smoothness that tempts one to reach for the glass once again.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this vintage a score of 94, praising its opulent richness and supple finish. Suckling's review encourages both immediate enjoyment or the option to cellar the wine for further aging.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also highly commends the 2014 Cheval Blanc, awarding it a score of 95. The wine presents a youthful vibrancy and exudes red and black cherry notes, accompanied by hints of oolong tea, wilted roses, and dusty soil. Medium-bodied with firm, chewy tannins, this wine possesses plenty of freshness to support its lively fruit flavors.

Wine Spectator, in their review, bestowed a remarkable score of 97 upon this wine, describing it as having dreamy aromas with notes of Lapsang souchong tea, smoldering cigar, and cold charcoal. The dense yet supple core reveals layers of currant, fig, and blackberry preserves. The finish is characterized by a thumping, loamy edge that entices and captivates the palate.

With its high proportion of Cabernet Franc (45%), the 2014 Cheval Blanc, as praised by Wine Enthusiast, is a finely perfumed wine with great tannins and a smoky character imparted by the wood. Generous fruitiness is balanced by a tight, firm edge, creating a complex and impressive wine that has the potential to age gracefully for many years.

Jeff Leve, from TheWineCellarInsider.com, notes the presence of truffle, herbs, mint, and tobacco in the aromas of this wine. On the palate, the wine reveals silky fruits and sweet red berries that linger and evolve. The interplay between red fruits and spice adds depth and freshness, making this wine enjoyable in its youth or suitable for aging to enhance its complexity.

The 2014 Cheval Blanc is a wine of exceptional quality and finesse. Its harmonious blend of varietals, meticulous craftsmanship, and aging potential make it a prized addition to any cellar.