2020 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1541151 98-100 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Spice, anis, rosemary, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants, mint, peonies, the full array of aromatics are on display here, and there is an enveloping aspect to the fruit once you get to the body of the wine. The tannins are compact and powerful but they are wrapped in plump raspberry and blackberry brambled fruits. The wine feels full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment, before austerity kicks in on the finish and closes things in, suggesting an extremely long life ahead. Hard to argue with this. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Powerful tannins are the hallmark of this dense wine. Its structure sets up the concentrated, dense fruits and impressive freshness that shows all the elements of a great wine. Sure to age, the wine is already showing great quality. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

96-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Cheval Blanc has a limpid deep people hue with noticeable tears in the glass. The bouquet demands several minutes to really open, delivering a payload of intense black cherry and blueberry fruit, pressed violet, a hint of licorice and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins, and quite dense and weighty in the mouth, though not sinewy. Everything is finely proportioned and multilayered, leading to a mineral-driven finish. This is a very serious, long-term Cheval Blanc with a glorious future ahead, though it would be wise to cellar this for a decade if you can resist temptation. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

98-100 points, Jane Anson for Inside Bordeaux: "Retasting this in June, so just a few months after my initial En Primeur tasting, and once again the overall feeling is that this is a nuanced, concentrated and brilliant wine at the top level of what we find from Cheval Blanc. Long-limbed and holding on tight, this is layered with fennel, cassis, raspberry, mint leaf, violets and peonies. Plenty of tannins, as you would expect from such a dry year, but they are full of life, with acidity that pulls the palate forward from the first moment. 71% of overall production. The driest year at Cheval Blanc for 50 years. A potential 100 points when tasted in bottle in 2022." (06/2021)

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