The final blend of the 2013 Cheval Blanc is 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot. It is a light- to medium-bodied, but stylish, perfumed, complex wine exhibiting hints of forest floor, raspberries and underbrush in a gentle, nicely textured style that builds incrementally in the mouth. Attractive fruit and substance give the wine more completeness than many of its peers. Administrator Pierre Lurton compares it, in a positive manner, to the style of the 2001, but I do not think it has quite the richness of that vintage. Nevertheless, this is an early-maturing, easygoing Cheval Blanc to drink in its first 10-12 years of life.
Cheval Blanc began their harvest on September 26 and, because of the tropical humidity and disease pressure, finished quickly.
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (#214), August 2014|
The 2013 Cheval Blanc, a blend of 49% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Cabernet Franc (and that is the correct blend!), is darker in color than the 2013 Le Petit Cheval. It has a fragrant bouquet with raspberry preserves, wild strawberries and hints of truffle from the Cabernet Franc - one of the most pleasurable you will find in this vintage. The palate is smooth on the entry with sappy red berry fruit, nicely judged acidity, harmonious and lilting in style with good body and density on the finish. There is a huge difference between the deuxième and grand vin this year. Enjoy this fine Cheval Blanc over the next 10-15 years.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016|
The Cheval Blanc 2013 is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot, representing around 60% of the total production. It has a complex bouquet, introverted at first with pure black, mineral rich fruit that feels as if it is holding everything back for later. The palate has commendable purity considering the growing season - certainly with no sign of greenness. It might lack a little flair, but it is very focused with fine tension on the linear finish. Whilst this might be construed as a conservative Cheval Blanc, the addition of all the parcels in the blend has created a very well balanced, engaging Saint Emilion, one that might deserve a higher score post-bottling.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014|
Medium garnet colored, the 2013 Cheval Blanc has a captivating, open-knit nose of roses and lilacs over a core of fragrant soil, charcuterie, kirsch and raspberry preserves plus a waft of stewed plums. Medium-bodied, chewy and with tons of spring to its step, the palate is delicately fruited with an earthy finish. Drink Date 2018 - 2031
|Score: 92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (238), August 2018|
This is has a very beautiful structure and length for a 2013. Full to medium body, ultra fine tannins and a long and lively finish. Impressive. Racy and refined. Tight still. Better in 2018 but pretty now.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2016|
Seductive. This is incredibly floral with violets, raspberries and hints nutmeg. Full to medium body, with a pretty density and freshness. Silky and refined. Velvety wine. Creamy. Attractive tannin backbone. Fascinating Cheval Blanc. Subtle. Reminds me of 1971 or a baby 2001. 52% cabernet franc and 48% merlot.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014|
Cheval Blanc is one of the great names of Bordeaux and the most famous Chateau in Saint Emilion. Cheval can be a difficult wine to evaluate when young but rarely disappoints when mature. The 37 hectares of vines border Pomerol but the wine is different from Pomerol thanks to the high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard (52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot). A stunning new winery has recently been completed. The yield here in 2013 was only 20 hl/ha and of that 15% went into the second label and 25% was sold off in bulk. The blend is 53% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot. Medium ruby in colour, this wine is very aromatic and enticing, with notes of earth, forest floor, tobacco, violets and perfumed black fruits. The palate is light on its feet with silky smooth tannins and flavours of wild flowers, blueberry, black cherry and sweet vanilla. Beautiful balance and poise, this wine is a watercolour rather than an oil painting! Finesse and harmony on the finish make this a charming wine that will drink well when young.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2014|
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2014|