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Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc - Lobenbergs Gute Weine

Was lässt sich über das 1er Grand Cru Classe Cheval Blanc sagen, das nicht bereits alle (Wein-)Welt wüsste? Cheval Blanc ist eines der Weingüter an der absoluten Spitze im Bordeaux, die Weine sind körperreich, üppig, reif, sehr geschliffen und elegant, außergewöhnlich und schlicht begeisternd. Die Zusammensetzung der Rebsorten unterscheidet Cheval Blanc...

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Was lässt sich über das 1er Grand Cru Classe Cheval Blanc sagen, das nicht bereits alle (Wein-)Welt wüsste? Cheval Blanc ist eines der Weingüter an der absoluten Spitze im Bordeaux, die Weine sind körperreich, üppig, reif, sehr geschliffen und elegant, außergewöhnlich und schlicht begeisternd. Die Zusammensetzung der Rebsorten unterscheidet Cheval Blanc von allen anderen großen Chateaus. Der Anteil an Cabernet ist ungewöhnlich hoch. Das Gut mit seinen 36,5 Hektar Rebfläche ist seit 1852 im Besitz derselben Familie und wird zur Zeit von dem hochtalentierten Pierre Lurton geleitet.     

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  1. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A (002365)

    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Cheval Blanc, 2009, 0,75 l
    Lobenberg 99-100, Gabriel 20, PM 98-100, Gerstl 20, Parker 99, Suckling 99, WS 96-99, WE 96-98
    17168H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    1.100,00 €
    rot
    €/l 1466,67
    inkl. 19% MwSt., zzgl. Versandkosten
    Lobenberg: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. 65% der Ernte gehen in den ... [mehr]
  2. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A (002366)

    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Cheval Blanc, 2014, 0,75 l
    Lobenberg 97-99, WS 96-99, WE 96-98, TA 98, Vinum 19,5, Suckling 97, Gerstl 19+, Parker 95-97, Winespectator 97, Wine Celler Insider 94-96, Galloni 96
    25303H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    525,00 €
    rot
    €/l 700,00
    inkl. 19% MwSt., zzgl. Versandkosten
    Lobenberg: Dieser Premier Grand Cru Class A ist mit Ausone zusammen ... [mehr]
  3. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A (002367)

    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Cheval Blanc, 2015, 0,75 l
    Lobenberg 100, Gerstl 20, Wine Enthusiast 97-99, NM 97-99, Falstaff 97-99, Vinum 19,5, Suckling 96-97, Galloni 95-97, Gabriel 19
    27154H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    750,00 €
    rot
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    -- Vinum: Meisterlich gekelterter Wein von immenser Finesse, ... [mehr]
  4. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A (002368)

    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Cheval Blanc, 2015, 1,50 l
    Lobenberg 100, Gerstl 20, Wine Enthusiast 97-99, NM 97-99, Falstaff 97-99, Vinum 19,5, Suckling 96-97, Galloni 95-97, Gabriel 19
    28445H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    1.501,50 €
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Harvest 2015

Andrew Black: Everybody in the Saint-Emilion neighbourhood is wondering why Cheval Blanc started the 2015 harvest soearly. What happened?

Pierre Lurton: Let me just clarify one thing: we started with a 3 year-old plantation that...

Andrew Black: Everybody in the Saint-Emilion neighbourhood is wondering why Cheval Blanc started the 2015 harvest soearly. What happened?

Pierre Lurton: Let me just clarify one thing: we started with a 3 year-old plantation that needed to be picked because it had suffered some water stress and then ripened quickly. That was September 3 rd . It’s true that this was early. But it wasn’t the real start of the harvest at Chev al Blanc. Obviously the rumour got around that we had started the harvest proper.

Andrew Black: So when did you really start?

Pierre Lurton: On 12th September.

Andrew Black: Were the lab analysis results a factor in your decision to pick on that date?

Pierre Lurton: The lab results didn’t influence us. If they had, we would have started ten days earlier. The sole criterion was the phenolic r ipeness, which we judge ourselves tasting the berries. Now, as you may know, alcoholic degrees ge nerally are once again high, and in 2015 the skins are not necessarily ripe in every vineyard. But in our early-ripening terroir, it was normal to start when we did.

Andrew Black: But were the skins ripe?

Pierre Lurton: The grapes were ripe according to ou r idea of ripeness. We always favour freshness and elegance and make sure we avoid over- ripeness. Each growth decides according to its terroir and philosophy. But that doesn’t mean a ll of our Merlot was ripe. We are still waiting for some Merlot plots to ripen. It’s not a straightfor ward year.

Andrew Black: It sounds like it’s as much a question of terroir as philosophy in 2015...

Pierre Lurton: What you must remember is that Chev al Blanc is a relatively large vineyard (39 hectares), and its soils are very heterogeneous ; and in a year like 2015 in which ripeness is also heterogeneous (varying from one plot to another), t he period of picking can begin early but carry It sounds like it’s as much a question of terro ir as philosophy in 2015... Pierre Lurton: What you must remember is that Chev al Blanc is a relatively large vineyard (39 hectares), and its soils are very heterogeneous ; and in a year like 2015 in which ripeness is also heterogeneous (varying from one plot to another), t he period of picking can begin early but carry on, with stops and starts, for quite some time. It’ s quite weird this year, we’ll actually be harvesting some Cabernet Franc before all the Merlo t is in. It’s that kind of year. The normal rules have gone out of the window this year. Andrew Black: How much of the Merlot is now in?

Pierre Lurton: Half. Right now, we’re not picking. Later this week we’ll do a large part of the Merlot that’s left, and by next Monday it shoul d all be finished. We’ll then move on to the larger part of the crop, the Cabernet Franc, later that week.

Andrew Black: Does the Cabernet Franc have high alcohol too?

Pierre Lurton: I’ve reckoned that the overall crop (Merlot and Cabernet Franc) would make a blend of 13.8° to 13.9°, which is not excess ive.

Andrew Black: How do you rate the quality of these first batch es?

Pierre Lurton: The 2015 has really good potential. It’s deep-coloured, full and intense. We’re going to make a great vintage, I’m sure.

Andrew Black: Do you feel it’s going to be a Cabernet Franc or Merlot year?

Pierre Lurton: Both I think. The Merlot we’ve broug ht in is very, very good. It’s well- structured and yet very fresh.

Andrew Black: Do you rate it as highly as 2009 or 2010?

Pierre Lurton: Difficult to say at the moment. It’s going to be along those lines. The vine cycle has reminded me of 2005, but the vintage coul d be comparable with 2010. It will be very ripe and at the same time fresh, reflecting the hot July and cooler August -as long as the grapes were picked at the right time and in good conditions.

Andrew Black: Do you think that it would be a mistake to harve st late?

Pierre Lurton: It’s not a late-ripening vintage, b ut each grower has a specific terroir and his own philosophy. We pick the Merlot ripe, but al dente. With each passing year the Merlot stylistically seems to resemble the Cabernet Franc– floral and red berry aromas and great freshness rather than very ripe, jammy black fruit.

Andrew Black: Do you have enough acidity in the Merlot in 2015 to guarantee Cheval Blanc’s trademark freshness?

Pierre Lurton: The malic acid is low. But the pH is 3.4 to 3.5 which is very good. High alcohol and good pH were also features of the 2010 vintage.

Andrew Black: Back in July, there were fears of a repeat of th e 2003 vintage...

Pierre Lurton: We were lucky we had a slightly coo l but sunny August and some rain, and then a month of September which slowed things down. If we’d had the acceleration at the end like we had in spring, we might have ended up with a vin tage without character. Instead we’re going to have an opulent vintage with real character.

Andrew Black: Presumably the high potential quality of the vin tage will mean a higher proportion of First Wine in 2015?

Pierre Lurton: Yes, we’ll be making less Petit Chev al, and less generic, too.

Andrew Black: Is the crop-size normal?

Pierre Lurton: It’s a good quantity. We’re pleasant ly surprised.

Andrew Black: How is the harvest going at Yquem?

Pierre Lurton: We’ve just finished the first tri. We’ve brought in batches from the high parts of the Yquem vineyard that have lovely fresh fruit characters. The conditions have been fantastic. We had botrytis, followed by 3 or 4 days when nothing much happened, and then it rained –and off went the noble rot again! With an a nticyclone coming up, it’s just perfect. And by the way, “Y” is awesome this year. All in all, it’s an excellent vintage.

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