The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot. 85% New Oak. 27 hl/ha. 14000 bts. Deep purple but not as deep as some years, as per the vintage as a whole. There is complexity on the nose here. You can smell the terroir, layered aromas, with violets and black fruit. On the palate it sits well very cool and caressing, the tannins are not aggressive at all, gentle and seductive, but it is still …
Despite low yields of the grape, the 1994 Cheval Blanc is a Cabernet Franc vintage, with the aromatic intensity of which permeating through the wine. Lacking the weight of the 95, this wine focuses on freshness and elegance. Now at its peak, this should be drunk over the next five years.
Again very full colour to the rim, again inky with blue fruits, seems fresh on the nose, lovely deep Pauillac nose, earthy truffles, perfume, shows well, cool fruited, round soft and generous but still masculine, earthy grilled notes, complex really excellent effort. 92-94/100 - 2025-2040. Nickolls & Perks - W J Gardener. Decanter 17.5/20 JS 92-93/100 WS 90-93/100 NM 89-91/1…
Lovely fruit here bright really sexy, Raspberry Refreshers, delicieux. Plenty of texture and juicy acidity here, gives really attractive volume to the palate. There is tension here also, unfolding slowly. Salty sweet palate on the finish. Lovely. This is a great success for the vintage. 91-93/100 - 2023-2035+. Nickolls & Perks - W J Gardener. Decanter 17.5/20 NM 91-93/100
Very full plum, the nose is reasonably responsive black cassis some chocolate, very pleasant entree here, delicate and supple, like the style here, its a little lighter than some, earlier drinking, and an excellent result. Classy finish. 92-94/100 - 2024-2040. Nickolls & Perks - W J Gardener. Decanter 17.25/20 NM 93-95/100