2021 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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JS 98 VN 98 JL 97 WA 97 WE 97 DC 96 JA 96 JD 96 WS 93
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, May 2022

(JS 97-98 points) This is so finely textured with very precise, tight tannins. Medium to full body. Lots of layers here with black and blue fruit, stones, tar, dark cocoa and spices. Dried herbs. Long and persistent...
VN 98

Vinous, May 2022

(VN 96-98 points) The 2021 Cheval Blanc is one of the wines of the vintage. Vertical and aristocratic in bearing, Cheval is just stunning. Time in the glass brings out compelling inner sweetness and perfume to play off a...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2022

A gorgeous wine, especially when you consider the vintage, you start off with a nose offering complexities of tobacco leaf, violets, roses, spice-box, mint leaf, and ripe, red and black pit fruits. On the palate you find...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2022

(WA 95-97 points) A terrific achievement, the 2021 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of raspberries and cherries mingled with notions...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, June 2022

(WE 95–97 points) Nearly 60% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this is an impressively structured wine. Power and density are right up front, there are fruit and spice tones along with a fine lift at...
DC 96

Decanter, April 2022

Incredible aromatic complexity on the nose, just wow, the beautiful bitter dark chocolate, blackcurrant, blackberries, fragrant violets and roses, coffee, toffee, caramel, smoked earth, liquorice and tobacco, I could...
JA 96

janeanson.com, April 2022

The 30th anniversary with Pierre Lurton as director, and the last official year as Premier Grand Cru Classé A following their withdrawal from the St Emilion ranking. Worth marking out for that fact alone, along with...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, June 2022

(JD 94-96+ points) The Grand Vin 2021 Château Cheval Blanc checks in as 52% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's a big step up over the second wine, offering serious density, depth, and...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, December 2023

Polished and inviting in feel, offering notes of dark cherry and plum puree infused with black tea, followed by persistent echoes of warm stone, violet and bay through the lengthy finish. Lacks the density of a classic...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2021
Size 1.5L
Closure Cork

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 2021 Cheval Blanc is a remarkable Bordeaux blend that truly showcases the artistry and expertise of the renowned Cheval Blanc winery. With a captivating deep red color, this wine is a true gem from the Bordeaux region of France.

On the nose, the 2021 Cheval Blanc reveals a symphony of enticing aromas. Raspberries and cherries dance with hints of cigar wrapper, vine smoke, rose petals, and violets. It is a bouquet that is both elegant and complex, inviting you to take a deeper dive into its depths.

As you take your first sip, you are greeted with a full-bodied and layered experience. The concentration of flavors is immediately apparent, with the richness of the ripe fruit being beautifully balanced by powdery tannins and lively acids. It is a wine that demands patience and rewards it generously, with a long and penetrating finish that lingers on the palate.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded the 2021 Cheval Blanc an impressive score of 97 points, praising its achievement and hailing it as a serious and structured young Cheval Blanc. James Suckling was equally enamored, awarding it 98 points and describing it as finely textured with precise, tight tannins and layers of black and blue fruit, stones, tar, dark cocoa, and spices.

Decanter magazine was captivated by the incredible aromatic complexity of this wine, describing the beautiful bitter dark chocolate, blackcurrant, blackberries, violets, roses, coffee, toffee, caramel, smoked earth, liquorice, and tobacco that intermingle on the nose. They also noted the succulence, freshness, juiciness, and integrated acidity on the palate, calling it a fantastic effort from winemaker Pierre-Olivier Clouet.

Overall, the 2021 Cheval Blanc is a stunning wine that showcases both the vineyard and the vintage. With its power, concentration, and complexity, it is a wine that will continue to evolve and delight for decades to come. Whether you choose to savor it now or cellar it for the future, this wine is a true masterpiece from Cheval Blanc.