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2012 Cheval Blanc

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: St Emilion
97 (AG)
Cheval Blanc has long been one of Bordeaux’s most consistent wines. Separated only by a ditch and a road from Pomerol, Cheval has always had a unique style of its own. Neither typically St. Emilon nor Pomerol in character, Cheval Blanc is Cheval Blanc, says Robert Parker. This is thanks in part due to the unusually high proportion of old vine Cabernet Franc used in the wine and unquestionably to the skills of Pierre Lurton and his team who have taken the quality and consistency of this incredible estate to remarkable new heights. In recent years though they have really been on fire, with dynamic young leaders at the helm, a new state-of-the-art cellar and a string of the most consistently highly-scored vintages of virtually any wine in Bordeaux.

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2012 Cheval Blanc

97 (AG)
From £4,500 6/12 pack case(s) available

2012 Cheval Blanc

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Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
97 (AG)
HLF
2
0
0
0
£2,250
12
BTL
0
1
0
0
£2,280
6
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Case (12 x 37.5cl)
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Original Wooden Case
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2012 Cheval Blanc

97 (AG)
From £4,500 6/12 pack case(s) available

2012 Cheval Blanc

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
97 (AG)
HLF
2
0
0
0
£2,250
12
BTL
0
1
0
0
£2,280
6
LiveTrade
On LiveTrade wines, as well as a selling price, we continuously quote a firm price at which we will buy the wine. These buying prices are displayed when you select the "In Bond" tab. Provided your wine is in excellent condition and stored professionally under bond, you can sell to us instantly. For even more trading options try the LiveTrade Dashboard.
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
YOU SELL
YOU BUY
Case (12 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
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£4,120.00
Maximum 1 case(s)
Case (6 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
8-12wk
You sell
£2,060.00
Maximum 2 case(s)
You buy
£2,280.00
1 Case(s) Available
BIX Broking
BIX indicates the wine is being sourced from a private collection stored with Bordeaux Index. You can buy with confidence and the purchase process is the same as for our own stock.
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
YOU BUY
Case (12 x 37.5cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected]
In Stock
You buy
£2,250.00
2 Case(s) Available

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Tasting Notes and Scores

93-95+

Bordeaux Index

71% of the vintage went into the Cheval this year. Tight but exciting nose. Lifted, sherbert character over ripe red and black fruit. 13.9% alc. beautifully elegant, ripe but subtle fruit, chocolate, mocha and great texture. Layers on the finish. (54% Merlot/46% Cabernet Franc)

95+

Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Cheval Blanc reveals lovely cassis, warm black cherries and redcurrant jelly notions with underlying hints of cedar chest, garrigue, Indian spices and damp soil. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses wonderful energy and freshness on the palate with a beautifully poised ethereal nature and long mineral-tinged finish. This elegantly crafted beauty should enter its drinking window in a couple of years and cellar gracefully for another 20+ years.

93+

Neal Martin

Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a perfumed, outgoing, almost "glossy" bouquet that wants to be noticed, lavished with damson, wild strawberry, fig jam and crème de cassis scents that are totally seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, sensual red cherries and wild strawberry fruit, though perhaps the finish showed some superfluous hubris that just erased some of the potential delineation and focus. On this occasion it was pipped to the post by Ausone, but let us see how it matures, because the white horse always repays those that are patient. Tasted January 2016.

– eRobertParker.com, Oct 2016

94-96

Michael Schuster

Fresh and particularly fragrant to smell; rich, elegant, velvety; what a balance, all the elements in a wonderful harmony; succulent, juicily ripe, graceful, effortless wine, racy, long to taste, both sweet and mineraly, creamy textured, with a beautiful fragrance of aftertaste. A lovely, lovely Cheval, a wonderful wine. Not particularly ‘big’ but, like the Margaux, a great harmony, splendid fragrance, a wonderfully thoroughbred, classy feel. Drink 2020-2040+. [54CF/46M]
– Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2013

95

Wine Spectator

This wine is gorgeous in all facets, offering a simultaneously loamy and creamy mouthfeel, seamless layers of red and black currant, cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit, and a long, tobacco-fueled finish that features alluring hints of black tea and incense. The fruit and terroir shine in this broad, deep and defined style. Best from 2018 through 2030.
— James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2015)

94

James Suckling

A Cheval Blanc with an impressive center palate of blueberries, chocolate, almonds and spices. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful wine. Seamless tannins. Needs a few years of bottle age. Better in 2017.
– jamessuckling.com, Feb 2015

17.5

Jancis Robinson

53% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vintage was divided in two: the first part was very rainy and then they were saved by an Indian summer. Very accessible. Charming. Very fragrant. Light and ballerina-like and very charming. Racy and very recognisably old-style Cheval Blanc. Drink 2020-2035.
- JancisRobinson.com, July 2015

97

Antonio Galloni

The 2012 Cheval Blanc boasts stunning power and a vertical, imposing sense of structure that is quite rare in this vintage. Dark and almost brooding in style, the Cheval is a rare 2012 that absolutely demands cellaring. Smoke, tobacco, incense and dark spices open up with time, but the 2012 is a reticent, tannic wine that is only showing the barest hints of its ultimate potential. This is a magnificent showing and one of the clear highlights of the year.

959

Wine Lister

Quality 959 | Brand 995 | Economics 894 | buzz brand
Quality: Predicted life of 18 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2012 vintage, which averages 12 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 40 of the world's top wine lists, including Garibaldi Economics: More traded at auction than its peers, its top 5 vintages having seen 2,982 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Lower yields than its peer group average of 33 hl/ha

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

96+

Jeb Dunnuck

A step up over the 2011, the 2012 Cheval Blanc offers a similar medium to full-bodied, elegant style yet has slightly more freshness and purity. Smoked black fruits, cassis, tobacco leaf, and sappy flower notes all emerge from this thrillingly textured, balanced, focused 2012. It opens up with time in the glass, has ripe, sweet tannins, and it’s another one of those wines that offers pleasure today yet will cruise for decades. The final blend is the usual 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc. Readers should be happy to have bottles in their cellars.