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.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2042
Robert Parker 95+
“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.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Tasted blind. Mid crimson. A little light and spindly on the nose, relatively speaking. Then rich and round on the palate with a bit of spice. Still a bit raw but everything is there for the future. Really quite raw and ungenerous at the moment.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040