The 2017 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Paradox of Cheval-Blanc

With the vintage running early and second-generation fruit running late, the 2017 at Cheval-Blanc is not what you'd expect
The 2017 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Paradox of Cheval-Blanc
Cheval-Blanc's refined 2017 grand vin is a tale of two vintages. (Gérard Uféras)
Apr 6, 2018
Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is in Bordeaux to taste the 2017 vintage, and visiting châteaus. Here are his tasting notes on the newest vintages from Quinault and Cheval-Blanc.

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